We started this year’s caving trip bright and early on November 21st at the classic 19th and Lovejoy parking lot. From there we drove an hour or so to Trout Lake National Park, located at the base of Mount Adams. After getting our permits and picking our camping site, we loaded back into the cars and headed to Cheese Cave. Cheese Cave was a large lava tube that bowled out at the end and provided a nice shelf for people to sit. While there, we turned off our headlamps and tried to guess how long a minute was, without counting. After exiting the cave, we ate lunch in the snow, and then Jackson, our trusty guide, found us Butter Cave using GPS coordinates which we used a “Phone a Friend,” to find. Following our afternoon of spelunking through The Dairy Route, we spent the evening in the not-so warming hut eating and hanging out around the stove. The next day, after a cold breakfast, we headed over to Ice Cave where we spent the morning spelunking through the series of caves and checking out sweet icicles and rock formations. Before we breezed out of Trout Lake we stopped for huckleberry milkshakes in a very cute diner, and then were on our way back to Portland.
P.S. A special shout out to Mitch’s and Rosa’s mothers for donating their time and accompanying us, Thank you!
– Miriam Caron
(This article has been edited for grammar and clarity. Mistakes are the responsibility of Lillian Peters, not Miriam or anyone else.)