Field Work Travelogue: Day 5 – Into the Depths #NTCave15

After waiting a year, I finally did it. I made the great rappel and made it into the cave.

This year is not my first time at Natural Trap Cave. I spent about a week here last year with the intention of going in. My hopes were thwarted by an injury on the very first day.

But this year… This year I made it!

From the inside, looking out.
From the inside, looking out.

Light beams through the grate.
Light beams through the grate.
Planning the day's work.
Planning the day’s work.

No photograph of this place can do it justice. It was simply amazing.

The hardest part, as predicted, was turning around and hanging over the edge in preparation for the rappel. Once I was seated, it was easy-peasy. The ascent wasn’t as bad as I had expected either.

As evening followed a delicious camp dinner, Mother Nature chose to grace us with some beauty.

Shut down, waiting for tomorrow.
Shut down, waiting for tomorrow.
Sunset through the rain clouds.
Sunset through the rain clouds.

And the final, best treat of the day…

A spectacular double rainbow.
A spectacular double rainbow.

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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