Sunday, March 2, 2008

On the set of the Discovery Channel

Yesterday Husband and I went on a tour of some nearby caves. Though I think the term “spelunking” technically applies, it sounds much more ambitious than what we really did, which was walking on a paved path within the cave and gawking at this strange and beautiful underground world. The trip was my idea because I thought we would both enjoy it. I like doing just about anything that qualifies as a tourist activity, which usually involves taking pictures and lots of pointing. Husband, on the other hand, likes anything that involves science. So, our compromise activity was down almost 200 feet below the earth in these caves. Husband looked so serious for much of the tour, that I wasn’t sure he was enjoying it. That is, until I asked again “What do you think?” and he responded with, “I feel like I’m in an episode of the Discovery Channel.” You’d have to know my husband and his love (obsession?) with the Discovery Channel to know that his comment was the highest form of praise he could give. The equivalent translation of his comment to the non-science fanatic would be something like: “This is the coolest thing ever!” We both equally enjoyed our short expedition. The caves and the formations were truly amazing. I’m very sad that I forgot to bring my camera because I’m not sure I can do any justice in describing them. It’s good to know that the exotic places shown on the Discovery Channel actually do exist. But, nothing compares to seeing them in person. They look much more incredible, and best of all, there are no commercials.


A, B & C said...

I'm finally catching up after my month-long break from and you won't believe what I discovered. We've been to the same place and found the same sign hilarious! Check out my post from July 19, 2007 and you'll see what I mean! It's not the same sign exactly, but I'm sure it's the same stall. Crazy, small world!

cyberpenguin said...

Hi Tootie,

Sounds like you had a great time. Wow, my hat's off to you for being so adventurous. Isn't it fun to do something so out-of-the-ordinary?!

It's funny you mention spelunking because I just watched Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" in which he did the same exact thing in Jamaica, but he wasn't nearly as happy about the experience as you seem to be! (Do you ever watch his show, or did you happen to catch this particular episode?)

If you'd have watched the footage from this show, you'll see why! ;-) The cave they went to was a natural cave, & it was muddy & slippery (from bat excrement & the like! BLEEECH!) & not intended for the average tourist. ;-)

Good thing you didn't watch this video before going spelunking, or you might've changed your mind. ;-) Hahahaha!

Would've loved to have seen photos of your recent caving expedition. Perhaps, the next time you go, you'll take your camera with you. ;-)

Glad to hear you had so much fun!