Hello everyone. Glad to see that people are still reading my blog haha. I can’t say that I can really recall any time that I have ever gone through a cave. I’m not sure what the proper verb would be. I know you climb a mountain, you swim a lake, I suppose explore a cave would be accurate, however given the cave was already mapped out I am not sure, but for lack of a better term, I’ll use explore…plus it makes it sound way more hardcore haha. The name of the cave is DiXiaChangHe Cave or 地下长河.
So in order to get into the part of the cave that you can walk though we had to take a 15 min (or so) boat ride. Was pretty awesome, not going to lie. I like boats so it turned out well. As I said, I don’t ever really recall being in a cave before, especially for an extended period of time so I wasn’t sure I was really going to enjoy it. Turns out I did, so that’s good. I’m much more of an outdoorsy open space on a mountain kind of guy, but I can say that I REALLY thought the cave was pretty cool.
As I said, we took a boat ride in.
This is possibly my favourite shot of the whole exploration experience. It was just remarkably beautiful and serene to see it.
These rocks were called “Flying Fish Feeding To Each Other”. It really does look like one fish is jumping out of the water to feed the other fish that is suspended in the air by, presumably, magic or Poseidon….probably magic.
This rock was simply protruding out of the ceiling of the cave. Looked pretty cool to me.
The humidity in the cave was simply like nothing I had ever experienced in my life. I’ve been to France during a heat wave that killed a dozen people (and had the humidity to go with it); I’ve been to Cuba (and if you’ve never been you should go cause getting off the air conditioned plane into that is an experience) and I’ve been to Florida during the hottest part of the year, and all of that combined is NOTHING compared to humidity in this cave. I swear to you it was probably 98% humidity and 40+ degrees. I sweated through my shirt in like 10 mins, and we were in the cave for over an hour and a half. We had a 1.5km hike through it and I loved it. It was really awesome.
That being said, some parts were far more humid than others, it was really interesting. In this particular part, where it was SO humid you could practically drink the air, the rocks had actually become soft to the touch and looked like this. As someone who is not a geologist, I can only speculate as to how something like this could happen, but it was REALLY awesome.
Some parts of the cave were really open and had a lot of space
What this cave had a plenty however was poorly translated English signs
First line actually says to be careful of your head. I only recognize the third character in the 2nd line and that is calm or peace / safety along those lines, so I don’t know what Meet in care Safety was supposed to be but YEAH!
Yes…those Banana Like Sceneries are really nice.
As always, if you want to check out the full album you can at http://imgur.com/a/6VKIE#0
I wasn’t sure what I we getting into when I went to explore that cave, but I can absolutely say that I am very glad that I did. It was a really wonderful experience and at the end of that day I was exhausted, but I really felt like I had accomplished something in my life that I had never done before. On a personal level it was very rewarding.
Well, I guess that my cheers from China didn’t help our Habs all that much. Hope they have a good golf season this year ☹. Guess now I gotta root for the Sens since I live in Ottawa and they are my 2nd team…and always will be. 😉
Hope you all have a good Friday and I’ll talk to you soon with more adventures!!