Journaling in the Dark

Several days ago, while on a road trip through Oregon, my husband and I ventured underground into the Marble Halls of Oregon for a cave tour at Oregon Caves National Monument.

I had added “seeing limestone cave formations” onto my “Life List” years ago, so I was ecstatic to finally be underground in the damp, chilly caverns and passages. I was eyes-open with awe through the entire 90 minute underground hike. Here were the limestone speleothems I had only seen pictures of before: cave curtains, cave bacon, cave popcorn, stalactites, stalagmites, columns, soda straws, flowstone, and other mineral oddities.

The checking-off-of-a-life-list-item, along with the otherworldly surroundings, gave me the itch to pull out my nature journal. But unlike most other hikes, I wasn’t able to bring back any artifacts or stop to make quick sketches or notes in my journal. Instead, a few days later (back above ground), I turned to a fresh page in my journal, reviewed the photos on my digital camera, and set about journaling about my underground adventure.

Journaling in the Dark at Oregon Caves National Monument

Journaling can’t always happen in the moment, but can be a tool used to reflect upon and record memories from an adventure. Snap photos if you can, collect nature artifacts if allowed, and make mental notes and pictures to inspire a journal entry at a later time.

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One Response to “Journaling in the Dark”
  1. Sean says:

    I want to visit the Carlsbad Caverns someday soon…