relentless for months on end-
we went underground.
Over the weekend, we went somewhere that forced me to face a few of my fears all at one time. It wasn’t exactly by choice… I was kind of out-voted, and majority rules. I don’t know why no one wanted to stay home and clean our tile floors.
We went on an excursion to the Lava River Cave (near Flagstaff, AZ.) Fears aside, I looked forward to one thing: 40 degree temperatures inside the cave. It’s been quite warm (okay, hot) in Arizona for a few months, so being cold without standing in front of the wide-open freezer sounded rather nice.
Good news: I only bumped my head on low ceilings twice (you’d think I’d have learned after the first time, but no,) and despite my older son’s effort to freak me out with claims of seeing bats, none nested in my hair (I checked.)
My older son led the way and as usual, I was the last of our group. There is a danger of being left behind when you’re last, but I had insurance: I packed the snacks in my knapsack. Yep… that’s one way to make sure they keep me close.
I mentioned in the beginning that this one mile walk would have me encounter several fears. You might guess that bats is one of those fears. Now, I’m not afraid of bats per se… just bats deep inside a cave. This brings me to another fear that I break into a sweat just thinking of: enclosed spaces. I only had one near panic attack in area that was about three feet high. My family was there for me… well, my husband at least- he held my hand and talked me through it while my kids laughed at me. (Charming little men, they are…)
I am also not a fan of the dark, or rather the things I can’t see because it’s dark. I had this covered, though. I carried two flashlights and a baggie with twelve AA batteries. Hey, when facing fears, I didn’t intend to go down without a light, I mean fight 🙂
Oh dear, that was terrible. I really should see about writing my posts earlier in the evening!
Do you share any of these fears? Have you explored caves?