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On Saturday I took the family to Crystal Cave. On the way, a giant snapping turtle was trying to cross the road and Jac got out to take a picture. She asked, “Should I help him cross the road?”, I responded, “Absolutely not, those things are terrifying”. I have always had a fear of snapping turtles since accidentally catching one as a kid in a farm pond while fishing. That turtle came out of the water hissing and ready for battle, I cut the line and dropped my pole and ran as fast as I could. Jac got a little closer to the jaywalking turtle and it slowly spun around and was ready to take her on, she decided it best to leave it alone.

We were about 5 minutes into the tour of Crystal Cave when Winston raised his hand and asked the guide an important question: What would happen if the cave collapsed? The group sort of snickered, but most people were pretty interested to hear the answer.

The teenage kid guiding us really stumbled through the answer and said something like: Uhhhh, it probably is very unlikely, unless there’s some sort of massive earthquake, which I’ll be discussing in more detail as we enter the next part of the tour.

The next part of the tour featured an enormous slate of rock the size of a Greyhound bus that fell diagonally as a result of an earthquake 500,000 years ago. I looked at Winston and he seemed apprehensive about the whole cave experience. 

Way down the cave about 25 minutes into the tour, the guide gave us the experience of what its like in a cave with the lights turned off. He hit a button and shut off all the lights in the cave, it was blacker than black, you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. Your eyes searched around desperately trying to find context, a kid jumped up in the air and activated his light up shoes, bring relief to all of us uncomfortable in the dark.

I’ve been waking up real early to take walks, Toby and I walk about 4.5 miles to the end of Creek Road. This morning I saw a dog sort of tied up in the woods barking at me at 6:15AM, I thought it weird that a dog was tied up in the middle of the woods, but figured he was there for a reason and kept walking. About 40 minutes later on my way home, the dog was still there so I decided to investigate. I climbed up a hill, pushed through some pricker bushes and approached the scared dog who’s leash was tangled in brush and she couldn’t escape. I called her owner on the phone. She’d been lost for 2 days, it feels good to help out a creature, unless it is a snapping turtle, leave those bastards alone.

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