Caving Narrative 2007 - July 29
NPS Photo by Kristen Schulte
Duration of Trip:
New Cave Surveyed:
Returned to the good lead off of AJ43. After a tight squeeze and a few shots, the survey went where we did not want it to go: into UY11. The resurvey of the UY showed no leads so this connection was a little surprising. We then surveyed off of another lead in UY11 that was not marked. It was Kristen Schulte's birthday so we threw her a small party complete with party favors, leis, and a mini-cheescake eaten over trashbags. I also played a recording of Wagner's "Flight of the Walkyrie's." It was a fun trip, but discouraging as our good lead turned into mop-up. The line plot will be significantly improved though. We named "125 Mile Nook" at AJ53 as the cave is in its 125th mile. We named "The Archelon" at AJ58 as one formation looked like a giant turtle, and according to Erin, the Archelon is an ancient turtle. We named "Have Your Cake…" at AJ62 as this is the small room we celebrated Kristen Schulte's birthday.
Report by: Chris Amidon
Did You Know?
Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.