No, don’t worry – this is a family post. I’m not talking about being alone in a dark bedroom, although we’ve enjoyed that, too.
I’m talking about being
As in pitch.
And on purpose.
The first time was in a lava tube at Klamath Falls (more on Klamath Falls when we get to K). Lava tubes are the remains of paths lava traveled; some are small, like those we explored near the Grand Canyon. Others, like the ones at Klamath, are large enough to be cavelike, with chambers and great depth.
We did a bit of spelunking, in those days, and both of us enjoy the sensation of pitch darkness. As a child, I loved our bathroom, because, with no window, it was completely dark if I closed the door. I couldn’t even see my hand when it was brushing my nose.
Very, very cool!
But not nearly so cool as sitting in a cave with my Accomplice, our three light sources apiece turned off, hip pressed into hip, eating a PowerBar lunch and drinking water from our bottles. It was intimate and magical, and, at that moment, better than the most elaborate candlelit dinner.
53 feet underwater, we crouched together, hand in hand, and turned off our dive lights. We were alone, and, with our masks and regulators, we couldn’t talk….but we could hold hands, and blow bubbles together, and hear them mingling as they rose toward the surface with the sounds of our assisted breathing. I don’t remember being in the womb, but I like to think that it was something like that, surrounded by warm sustaining fluid, attached to a life support system, hearing the soothing sounds of breathing there in the dark, and knowing I wasn’t alone.
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Do you have an affinity for the dark, or the deep? Are you the type who wants bright light, and avoids whatever might lurk in the shadows? Do you have any special in the dark memories with a beloved? Well, you know what to do, right? Light up that little box down there with your stories!
For reference, this is the cavern we dove, and the place where we turned out our lights was roughly opposite the grate, which my depth meter pegged as 53 feet below surface.