9.07.2011

The Cabin! Pt. 2- The Cave

Hey guys! Ready for an awesome story?? Ok, maybe it's not THAT awesome. But you might like it. :)

So last year while my dad was visiting our cabin he discovered a cave. This is no ordinary cave and it's not in an ordinary spot. It sounded so intriguing to my friends, sister, and I that we had to make the trek over to it this last weekend. I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into, none of us were...

It started out simple. A hike across a bowl just a mountain peak away from our cabin.

When we got to the other side it was almost straight up on loose rocks and boulders.

From the top you could see for miles. My dad showed us some artifacts he and his friend had collected last time he'd come.

Just as we were about to make our way down the other side of the mountain, a storm blew in. We sought shelter under a wide tree and waited it out. It was a nice break for me since my allergies were making me sneeze up a storm of their own.

The storm blew through quickly and my allergy medicine kicked in soon after. Thank goodness.

Now for the hard part...

The other side of the mountain was no easy hike. When I attempted this first part of the descend I lost my footing and swung around hitting my back into the rock face. It didn't hurt at the time, but now I've got a large bruise.
this is my sister on her way down. 

The second part of the descend was even scarier, (note: this is child's play for the normal rock climber. I am not a rock climber and don't trust the equipment... haha! OH! And we didn't have any fancy equipment anyways. Just rope...) by the time I made it to the bottom I could have kissed the ground.

The cave was so... mysterious. There looks as though a fire has been made inside and it's where my dad found the artifacts, but...

You can't just walk into the cave. Why? Because there is a 50+ ft. shaft at the opening...

My dad and his friend were able to get this tree to reach across the 10 ft. opening, but there was no way any of us were going to cross without some safety gear... So the mystery is- how did someone get across the shaft to make that fire pit? Who made that fire? How did they find this obscure cave to begin with?

The only light we had was the flash on my camera. So we tried getting a picture of the shaft to see if we could catch a glimpse of the bottom. Another question- What would we find at the bottom of this shaft? Do I want to find out??

Here we are at the mouth of the cave.

After resting for a few more minutes, we made our way back up the mountain.
And yes, I'm aware of the complete awkwardness of this photo. But I had to show you proof that I rock climbed outdoors!

Climbing back up was MUCH easier than repelling down.

We made it back to the truck with only minor injuries- bruised knees and backs, cut up ankles, and blisters on some hands. The trip wouldn't have been complete without them. :) haha!



This is one of the most beautiful places I've been to and I'm so lucky to be able to visit it often. I'm so glad we were able to take that adventure and explore more of this beautiful land. (not to mention the fact that we all made it out alive...)

Check back tomorrow to have a tour of our cabin! :)

32 comments:

Jen said...

This is SO COOL!!! I was sitting here holding my breath and feeling all suspense-full at the picture of the hole. Apparently my body thinks I can fall through the computer screen. I was like NO- don't try to go across the tree!! How scary and cool at the same time. I love the mystery of the cave. Do you think they'll try to go in once they get some safety gear?

Kelsey Cole said...

Wow that sounds like an amazing adventure! I can't believe that 50 foot shaft, that would be so cool to explore if you had all the right equipment and stuff:) What a fun discovery!

~BB~ said...

ooh, that cave sounds so intriguing! It has adventure, mystery, and excitement written all over it! How fun!

Ashley said...

That is a beautiful place! That cave has me sort of freaked out though haha. I wonder if you'll ever get some answers to all of those cave questions. Who made that fire?! (:

How amazing that you get to visit a place like that... makes me want to travel... right. now.

jessie said...

that's so intense! and how lucky you are to be able to be in such a beautiful place like that...i'm super jealous. but at least i get to drool over your pictures of it :)
xo,
jess

http://sweetlilsomethings.blogspot.com/

Sabrina said...

Gorgeous photos! This looks like such an incredible experience! Wow, it's definitely not everyday that you get to explore a cave. And not just one of those walk-in caves too, it took some climbing skills. I love how adventurous you and your family are!

Sincerely,
Sabrina

Emma Frances said...

That is crazy! I would love to go cave exploring! The pictures of the wildflowers at the end of your post are absolutely gorgeous!! And I can't wait to tour your cabin tomorrow. :)

JRuud said...

Wow. What an adventure!! These pictures are breathtaking love. And omg, I love caves :) I would have been scared to climb up and down though. Eek!!

Sandy a la Mode said...

wow! what a great story and adventure!! GREAT pics girl!!

Ariana said...

Wowwwzaaa :)
That sounds totally completely fun, MUCH better than anything we have here in TN.

I love the step by step photos on here... totally crazy cave!!!

jessie said...

eeeeee YAY! your blog is my favvvv. your button's on my sidebar girly!
xo,
jessie

http://sweetlilsomethings.blogspot.com/

Amy said...

Gentri -- SERIOUSLY???? This was WAY more of an adventure than mine! AND your photos, holy crap. They are stunning! What camera do you use? And-- what state are you in??
The cabin we went to was in Duck Creek Village, Utah, just 5 hours south of where I live.
I LOVe this post of yours, you are much braver than me!

Cat said...

Wow ... definitely not your ordinary hike and a killer sounding adventure. My knees turned to jello just seeing that drop off ... yikes!

Loren said...

This is so cool, and beautiful! My dad tried to take me spelunking one time but I am a big stupid chicken and did not go. Way to go girl, also that geode is awesome.

Shelby said...

hi Gentri!! this adventure looks amazing and right up my alley! i used to hike and rock climb all the time in college, and i miss it so much... though we never came across anything so scary/interesting as this cave! you're photos are amazing, you're so fortunate to have such beautiful scenery right outside your home and cabin!

i'm so sorry you're having so many problems with my blog, but i think i figured it out... when my friend did the coding, he didn't set it up to recognize my home page as a feed. after a lot of googling i think i have it working, so let me know if my next post shows up! <3shelby

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Just gorgeous! I love the perspective of some of the shots you got.

You couldn't pay me enough to go down that cave hole. NOPE NADA!

Kristy Lynn said...

stupid allergies. but kind of worth it to get to see and experience such an incredible place.

That's some serious climbing sister - proud of you! haha...

Bethany said...

Wow! I'm so impressed by your hiking skills! Way to go, Gentri :) And those wildflowers are breathtaking!

Megan said...

oh man! sounds like an adventure!!!

Jess said...

That is some breathtaking scenery! I am so jealous!!!

Autumn said...

This is beautiful! I am so curious what is in that cave now. You're going to update us when your Dad figures out, right? haha :)

Laura Elizabeth said...

Wow!! I would love to go hardcore rock climbing but I think I would be a bit scared of the ropes not being secure. That looks awesome. You're like Lara Croft or something!!

Monica and Whitney said...

Gorgeous photos!

Ask the Duplex

A Lost Feather said...

wow gentri.. these photos are seriously stunning. looks like a great adventure too! maybe the people who made the fire pit had some gear and climbed the wall on the side? or maybe they are insane olympic long jumpers haha

In Love with San Diego said...

How awesome! This place really IS beautiful, and it must have been so cool to have your dad show you around.

inlovewithsandiego.blogspot.com

Karla Khodanian said...

Oh wow, I don't even think "gorgeous" comes close to describing these photos! You make me want to strap on some hiking boots and venture outdoors...even if it is almost midnight here. Seriously though, all I want to do right now is explore! Caves can be quite frightening, but in their mystery lies such a strange beauty. Pretty much describes all of nature in my book :)

Tereza said...

great photos. That cave is crazy, I would love to know more about the shaft and that fire!! what an awesome place to see in person :)

Ariel said...

This is awesome!! Sounds like quite the adventure! :)

v a m p i r e said...

wow that was an amazing adventure , i wish our country have more beautiful sights like these

thanks for sharing this with us and thumbs up for all the wonderful photos ♥

Janette said...

HOLY MOLY! How cool! A secret cave!?? my husband would be so excited to discover this..Is it a man made shaft? Or was it just there?

Ashley from Sloanbook said...

Wow that is so sweet! I went in a sketchy cave in Idaho before with water past our ankles that was really cold...oh and flashlights on our heads! This is so gorgeous here! Where is it? And that is a crazy cave for sure!

Ashley

Anna said...

The flower fields remind me Howl's moving castle. :]