This is the entrance to the Lava River Cave in Cocochino National Forest in Flagstaff, AZ. One of my friends decided this was something we must do over Labor Day weekend so I looked it up online and saw this photo to your left.
Seriously? My first thought was “how do you even get in that thing?”
Next to this photo were the following facts about the cave.
1. It is 40 degrees year round in the cave even in the height of summer so dress accordingly.
2. It is pitch black in the cave so make sure you bring a good flashlight.
3. Cave is a mile long. Half mile out and half mile back. There is only one way in and out so you can’t get lost (for the record I did NOT believe this when reading).
Anyway, a group of us got there and Ive got to tell you; it was more daunting in person than this picture portrays. Mainly because you could not tell where it was going & it was very rocky. And it was like that the whole way. You could only see your one immediate step at a time. You could not see ahead at all.
It was icy. It was cold. It was kind of dangerous.
And it was one of the cooler things I’ve done.
Made me think about my life.
Often, I have no idea where I’m going. I just hope I’m moving in the right direction and keep taking steps forward even when I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have trust that it’s there and I’m not on the wrong path.
Sounds a little like faith to me.
It’s amazing the possibilites that open up that way that I never knew existed.