"The Path to Oblivion"
October 2009, Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
About 30 minutes after hiking into the natural entrance at Carlsbad Caverns you come to a chamber of complete darkness. The total absence of light is at once erie, exhilarating and terrifying. Only the lighting along the footpath guides your way through this section of these amazing caverns. Everything above and to the side is swallowed up in an envelope of suffocating darkness. I remember so clearly hearing my heart beat louder and louder, as though somehow my loss of vision had increased my auditory acuity. As you look ahead you see a glowing chamber off in the distance, as though you are heading straight into the gates of hell. It is an experience I shall never forget.