Saturday, August 03, 2013


 Near the end of our vacation we took a "scenic detour" of sorts.  We stopped by Alabaster Caverns in Freedom, Oklahoma to do a little spelunking (cave exploring).  Since we didn't have proper gear, we just took a peek into the entrance of Owl Cave.  Getting there was half the challenge.  The trail starts out all sweet and idyllic before quickly becoming a sneaker width semi discernible path beside a massive drop off.  The bottom was so far down I thought I'd discovered Oklahoma's one and only mountain.

Daniel had taken a different route to get there, so I was on my own with the kids, holding onto Karyie (who is notorious for falling down) and Kevin, who is terrified of bugs and was begging me to let him wait in the van (in 103 degree heat).
 We all survived the climb to the entrance of Owl Cave, and then I spent the next 10 minutes keeping the kids from descending into the mouth of the cave alone.  It was steep, rocky, and there was no clear way down into the abyss.  Daniel finally showed up and helped them one by one as they slid and crawled into the cave's maw. 

The kids really liked it and wanted to go exploring, but we had to say no.  We'll have to come back when they are older and make sure we have helmets, flashlights and good shoes.

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