This is my underground
sanctuary. It's tight, humid, a little cold
until you've been in here for a while. This room is really just a nod to my love of
caves and my occasional need for time alone. If
I were a vampire, I suppose I could keep my
coffin down here...
Crypt is an interesting word. It comes
from the Greek kruptos, meaning hidden,
so it's actually related to terms like
cryptography and cryptic. It doesn't have to be
a burial chamber (and, come to that, it doesn't
have to be underground, but offhand I
can't think of any uses of the word that isn't).
In medieval church architecture, the crypt is a
hidden underground chamber, usually but not
always used for burials.
experience with caves comes from summers spent
in the Cumberland Plateau area, where hiking,
climbing, and spelunking were fairly common
activities. The caves in that area are
water-carved limestone, so they tend to be damp
(if not actually wet - several have
streams running through them). They make
interesting curves, and offer strange openings
(often small and oddly shaped) to explore.
While I do not recommend caving
alone (basic safety requires at least three
people, each with at least two reliable light
sources), the combination of absolute silence
and absolute darkness can be extremely relaxing.
It allows you to leave the normal world behind
in a way that few other settings can match.