“The [Snake] river is five miles away and [Surveyor] General Utter is of the opinion that there is an opening all the way to the river … ‘From the fact that there is a strong, wet breeze blowing from one direction and a hot, dry breeze blowing from another, it is apparent that there are two other openings in the cave, one to the river and another to the plainland.’”¹
Early accounts of Kuna Cave exploration describe a steady breeze that would blow out visitors’ candles. When the Army Corps of Engineers blasted shut the cave’s further reaches (I can find no firsthand references) the air fell still and dust lingered.
While the kids are finding their way through the dust on hands and knees, Jessica and I hang back in relative comfort and take pictures of ourselves.
¹ Idaho Statesman, “Would Preserve Wonders of Kuna Cave” (May 12, 1911)