This past Saturday, my wife and I reserved a spot in the Laurel Caverns lower caving tour. This set of caverns goes about 45 stories deep and the majority of it is unlighted. There is a good amount of climbing over and down rocks as well as some crawling. The spaces can be very tight. This was my first time doing something like this, and I had no idea what to expect. It was amazing at how pitch black and quiet it is when you’re that far underground. The mind starts to wander and think about what would happen if the flashlights failed. Anyway, here are the pictures (all taken with an OMD E-M5). The first is above the mountain, the next are far below it.
After the caving tour, my wife and I spent the night at the Summit Inn. This hotel was built around 1902 and sits on top of a mountain overlooking the town of Hopwood. In this day and age, finding places with this much character is tough. The woodwork is beautiful and in the lobby sits a large stone fireplace with plenty of old wooden chairs around it.