We're home from vacation in South Dakota! On our last day there, I braved my fears of heights and enclosed spaces and visited Sitting Bull Crystal Cave-- and it was amazing.
To get to the cave, we descended 187 steps that were so steep we had to go down them backwards, like a ladder.
When we reached the bottom and went along a short passage that opened up into a huge underground room that looked as though we were standing inside a giant geode.
Calcite formations known as dog-tooth spars covered the ceiling, the walls and floor of the cave.
Some of the spars reached 16 inches in length. Those above were bigger than my hand.
Some of the calcite layers were different colors from iron and other minerals, which created formations like this "eye" shape in one wall...
... and stripes like in the Rainbow Arch.
My photos don't even begin to do justice to the underground beauty I saw. I could have stayed down there so much longer than we did (the tour was about 45 minutes). I was awe struck, it was so amazing.
And to me, it felt sacred as well. I was very aware that I was in the womb of Mother Earth, so to speak. I would have loved to have had a moment alone, to express my reverence to the Lady, to give thanks for the experience. I did so silently, and hoped the acknowledgment that I knew I was within sacred space was enough.
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