My brother Keith and his family came up to Flagstaff this weekend. We went up to Flagstaff on Saturday and hiked the Lava River Cave.
It's a 1 mile cave that was carved out of the ground by lava which pushed out of the ground about 700,000 years ago.
You park your car and descend into a hole in the ground. It's 90 degrees outside the cave but as you get close you feel the 35 degree underground temperature.
You descend probably 50 feet. It's like a rock climbing wall but not straight down. Almost immediately it's pitch black. The last time I did this hike was probably 10 years ago. The second biggest change is that now everybody wears LED headlamps whereas we used to carry flashlights. The biggest change since then is the kids. Keith's 7 year old daughter Ella really got into it and enjoyed the hike in spite of the hardships. Her sister Olivia turned back early and Keith and Vicki went with her and brought their son Jake out as well. He's 3 and a little young for this trip.
Ken was doing great until he took a little spill and got a pretty bad cut on the side of his head. He was able to keep going and had a good time.
We got to the end and took a picture before heading back out.