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|Caving is going out to a hole in the ground and crawling around in it for fun. Caving is all about crawling for long distances on your belly, squeezing through tight spots, and then seeing things open up into caverns with beautiful cave formations, stalactites, box work. When you see a nook in the wall, you don't know whether it dies right there, extends on for ten feet until you can't get through and have to have a friend pull you out, loops back around to some place you've already been, or opens up into a room or whole complex of rooms.
Touring a cave with a guide is a distinct experience from caving. If you don't get wet, dirty, or dangle from a rope at some point, you missed out on real caving.
You can't crawl through all caves. Many require rappelling through large drops, and then back out of the cave. This requires climbing gear: harnesses, ropes, descenders, ascenders. There's just as much fun to be had sliding down a rope into the unknown as crawling into it.
The two most important rules of caving are conservation and safety
Look, but don't touch, and certainly don't break or take anything out of a cave.
You can get into caving by finding a grotto of the National Speleological Society in your area, and going out on a trip with them.