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December 11, 2002

Field Trip: Ice Cave

Tonight, after dinner, Bill, Nelia, Ken, Silvain, and I went on an excursion to one of the local attractions: Helo caves.

Ice caves form over geothermal vents, creating a void between rock and an overlying crust of snow. The colors inside are incredible, the textures varied, and the atmosphere serene. Click the link for some more photos.

[Nelia brings the ladder for cave entry. In the background is the abandoned helo for which the caves are names.]

[Ken Sims widens the entry to Helo Cave.]

[Nelia enters the cave: "Wow!"]

[Cave colors.]

[Nelia admires the cave roof.]

[Cave colors.]

[Cave contours, with view of next room. This photo will look lame if it turns up dark on your computer.]

[The roof.]

[Snow lace.]

[Silvain and ice wall. Note the different textures of the cave walls.]

Nelia says, "And the next cave we go in will be this big!"]

Posted by beth at December 11, 2002 11:04 PM


did you capture rudolph the white nosed reindeer entering/leaving the cave in your first picture?

Posted by: wilma, mother of beth at December 12, 2002 10:09 AM

AWESOME!!!! Lucky lady!!!!

Posted by: WW at December 12, 2002 10:32 AM