Ape Cave is located in Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington, discovered by Lawrence Johnson around 1951. It was named Ape not because of sasquatch, but because of the Mt. St. Helens Apes, a local Boy Scout troop nickname. At 12,810' in length, it is the longest lava tube in mainland North America & was at one time the longest known in the world. Today though it ranks around 40th w/ the longest being the 40.7 mile Kazamura Cave on Hawaii's Big Island. Regardless, it is an impressive cave w/ excellent features & two entrances. There is a lower & upper portion of the tube, the lower being far easier w/ minimal breakdown & receiving a lot more popularity. This view here shows the Big Room just uptube from the main entrance. It is one of the largest rooms to the cave w/ a junction splitoff that is found amidst the massive breakdown pile. Here the ceiling height is about 40 feet up w/ the lights of other cavers adding to the scale.
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.