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Opening Sequence of ‘Go Out and See’ 02 / Caving Into the Absolute Darkness

The Cave

Morril’s Cave (Worley’s Cave) is a class II natural-scientific state natural area located in Sullivan County Tennessee. It has more than 37,000 feet of mapped passages. Morril’s Cave is commonly called Worley’s Cave locally and is known for its voluminous size with rooms more than 75 feet wide and 250 feet long with high ceilings that often exceed 100 feet. It is known for its beautiful formations within its eight to ten miles of passages. The lower level of the cave contains a perennial creek filled complete with various fish, white crayfish, and salamanders.

Andy our guide gives instructions

Earth and River Adventures located in Boone, North Carolina provided us with an excellent guide named Andy. Here he is at the beginning of our journey giving instructions on safety and caving etiquette.

Contemplating the journey ahead

A moment of contemplation for me, as our group of six participants prepare for the journey into absolute darkness.

Up next in the following post the trek begins….

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6 responses

  1. Quite the feat… i love that you seek out these wonderful challenges that bring you closer to earth, the source, self… TY for sharing! 🙂

    July 18, 2011 at 1:23 am

    • Yes I feel a deep relationship with the earth at this point in my life. It is why I enjoy biking so much. I feel connected to the earth and the sky. The caving was incredible.

      July 19, 2011 at 6:53 am

  2. Caving sounds and looks so awesome and I really like the word “spelunker.” I wish I had more opportunity to use that word…

    July 21, 2011 at 12:58 am

    • “Spelunking” is a cool thing to do and a great word, if we could find more use for it 🙂 The caving experience was great, I still can’t get it out of my mind. It was like entering another world.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:43 am

  3. Orel Di Angelo

    Wow this cave sounds nice with life hidden in the last level of it 😀

    December 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    • It was a blast and hard work as well. The highlight was sitting in the absolute darkness. And by the way I love France…Paris in particular.

      December 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm

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