One of the most wonderful things we can do for our children is have them experience the natural world for themselves. For example, last year my son learned about Cuba’s turbulent history. This summer, his father, who was born there, was able to arrange a trip with our son. What an experience! His knowledge of Cuba is the best kind- firsthand.
So this month, when my son learned about caves, that most of them are made of limestone, have cave formations called stalactites (the ones that hang down) and stalagmites (the ones that point up), that cave exploration is a sport and that the US is chuck full of caves. It’s all super interesting information but I’m pretty certain it will all leave his brain after the test.
So, in an effort to help him retain this information in a meaningful way, we have decided to try our hands at spelunking, the recreational sport of cave exploration or more widely known as caving. There are family-friendly caves that require no more than a stroll and others that are thrilling adventures which have you crawling or rappelling down bottomless shafts.
We found some caves within an hour or two from our city and went exploring. We walked, crouched through maze-like passages and in one we saw a small waterfall!
Wherever you are in the US, you can find a cave open to the public. There are also various caving clubs which specialize organized excursions to remote caves and also teach basic and advanced caving skills.
For a national cave directory and more information, visit:
Article By Nuria Almeida
Photo By D’Arcy Norman