Into The Womb Of The Earth
"The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for."
- Joseph Campbell
Have we seen such endless caverns before in our lives? The 2-mile-long Grottes de Vallorbe in Switzerland had already taken our breath away a few years ago, but the 400-mile-long horseshoe-shaped reef of Carlsbad Caverns were really something! You walk down for 2 hours inside the womb of the Earth, in the darkness of its mysterious hidden and unknown life composed originally of sponges and algae, where water drips and bat wings seem to be the only existing sounds. We didn't see many of them though because the warm season had not started yet. The geologic story of Carlsbad Cavern began 265 million years ago, but the actual decoration of stalactites, stalagmites, and the incredible variety of other formations began slowly over 500,000 years ago. American Indians ventured into the entrance of the carvern over 1,000 years ago. They did leave mysterious drawings on cave walls near the natural entrance.
Entry tickets had to be booked in advance because of Covid restrictions and we didn’t know it, yet we were lucky to catch the last group visit at 1:30pm. It was without a doubt one of our most impressive discovery of the geological splendor of the country.