Since many of us who write fantasy include scenes of the underworld, I thought I’d show some pictures from my summer vacation. Yes, I went to Hades, and didn’t even get a t-shirt.
All told we were underground at Carlsbad Caverns for about three hours, with a break for lunch above ground. The second tour was more difficult than the first. It was colder, and the caverns were more oppressive. There was a part where you had to squeeze past a massive rockfall, where the ceiling had collapsed several thousand years ago. You bet I was wondering what the hell I was doing down there. There’s a reason they call Earth an inhospitable planet to support sentient life — humans can only happily live on a small slice of it. The rest of the world is either off limits or seriously whacked.
But really, if you ever get a chance, go. I’ve visited the Luray Caverns in Virginia and a couple of caverns here in Texas, but this was the granddaddy of them all.