Last weekend I explored Peppersauce Cave, near Oracle Arizona. While doing research on the cave before I went down there it became very evident that this was going to be something I would remember for the rest of my life.
Walking up to the entrance and seeing that if you were taller than two feet tall you would have to get on your stomach and pull yourself through the entrance was definitely a rush…. I specifically remember asking Justin if I would even make it in. After that first crawl in you were okay to crawl on your hands and knees or stand for about a hundred feet. Coming up to the next obstacle called The Three Fissures was a real treat, I had to shuffle sideways to fit down this very narrow passage. After that we were in the clear, walking around the big room and exploring the big room. We found our last passageway that lead us to the main lake.
While photographing inside the cave we took a moment to shut off all of our artificial lights that we had with us to experience pure and natural darkness. That is an amazing feeling, putting your hand just inches from your face and not being able to see it at all, your eyes trying to adjust to the darkness, the noise of the cave dripping water all around you. While we sat there the only thing I couldn’t help but think about was the amount of trash left throughout the cave. People left water bottles, cigarette boxes, beer bottles, food wrappers, you name it and it was in there. It is sad to see such an incredible work of art that God provided us with to look at and people just destroy it.
We continued to explore and believe it or not run into three different groups of people while still in the cave. People report that Peppersauce Cave sees over 23,000 visitors every year! Spending a total of about three hours in the cave turned out to be something that I want to do again, a truly remarkable experience that no words or photos can express.