What we had been deciding, before we took our little side trip to find the lost hiker, was whether to head to Eagle’s Nest or to just call it a day. Imagine driving the pot-holed trails that you see in the feature photo, and coming across a person in full scuba gear. It came as a surprise to me, but the signage told the story.
Exploring the underwater cave system is for experts only, with the proper equipment and experience. Another mysterious natural world right underfoot, something you would never in a million years expect to be there. Unfortunately the area has been underestimated with a certain degree of regularly over the years. Of the 14 people who have died here in recent history it is the father and son who went out on Christmas Day with their brand new equipment and never returned that tugs at my heartstrings.
This is the view that greets you as you arrive at Eagle’s Nest…
Divers told us that the no-see-ums were out in force, but we were aware of the time and knew that we would have to head back before they closed the road at dusk, so they didn’t get to feast on us for long. But the drive back to the entrance took longer than it would have if Mother Nature hadn’t been teasing us with a beautiful sunset. There was so much purple in the sky, if you see it in the photos it’s completely natural. We shot photos out the car window every time the view brought us to a halt. The view and the pot holes in the road, I’m not sure which stopped us more often. When I headed out the door to join Betty and Linda on this adventure I had no clue what to expect, but I did know that we’d have fun, we always do.