We stopped here this week after a nail-biting transit of the narrow, shallow Dry Pass. Not many people will take the big boat through this narrow channel leading up to El Cap, but Capt. Dano navigated the pass with expert precision. We could almost reach out and grab leaves off the trees, and to add to the early morning excitement we were getting our first glimpses of playful sea otters swimming along the shorelines. I even had passengers tell me they were seeing sea stars out of their portholes since we were so close to the edge of the narrows.
|One of my favorite pictures from inside the cave|
|Learning about the cave from the ranger|
|370 steps leading up to the cave|
We were met at the bottom of 370 steps by two young National Forest rangers who gave us some amazing interp on the local flora and fauna on our way up the steps and then led us safely through the cave system.
At one point they had everyone turn off their lights to show just how dark the early inhabitants would have found this place. Remains of a 10,000yr old young man as well as a larger version of a black bear were found inside the cave when they first excavated the cave system in the early 1990's. I made sure to plug myself into the cave exploring schedule for the day and got a chance to try my hand at some long exposure cave photography. Luckily I had some willing models to stand still for pics so I got a few to post for you.