This is my spawn point. It has a cactus on it, but I don't think he's in the image. He's camera shy.
Off in the distance, you'll see my first refuge. Let's go visit.
A rude sort of hovel, but it has some lighting, a window, and I dug a hole while I was inside because nighttime is boring.
But what's this?
A causeway leading from spawn off into the distance?
Ah, this is my kind of hovel! It's difficult to tell because it's night, but much of the wall is made of obsidian! But why build so far from spawn? Let's get a view from above.
A glass ceiling and a glass floor. It's a bit hard to see what's underneath, so let's go beneath the floor...
Oh, it's a chasm to hell. That's cool!
The chasm is natural, but I carved the staircase myself. Exploration lead to a vast cavern with water and lavafalls, and pools of lava that threatened to flow into any too-ambitious mining tunnel. So what's to be done?
Well, that's an aqueduct I built to get the water from the waterfall into the pools of lava, to cool it into obsidian so I could a) get obsidian and b) mine beneath it. Pretty fun!