Skylight Cave is a lava tube located near Sisters, Oregon, mapped at 1,017 feet in length. The entrance has a metal ladder leading down w/ two directions to go. The east passage leads to this cathedral-like ceiling where there are three natural skylight openings, to which gives the cave its name. Light rays often stream down the openings at various angles but only during a certain time of the day can one witness all three rays descending down in near uniform appearance, creating this surreal appearance. Looking up, the skylights are actually the bottom of three hornitos, vents where lava erupted out & created surface conical mounds called spatter cones. Several thousand years old now, the spatter cones have eroded but underground the cave is still well-preserved. You could think of this view as a long fissure, like those in Iceland or Hawaii, except standing where the magma would have drained through. Within this cave are other high recessions in the ceilings known as cupolas suggesting that perhaps there were more spatter cone vents however they sealed the moment the lava cooled. Look behind to see light from the main entrance about 300 feet away.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.