Originally uploaded by Mic2006.
Greetings bloggers; Well I have finally managed to make it back to the blog. Last night when I got back from caving I was too tired and this morning the boss (Maggie) put me to work turning over the vegetable garden and planting tomatoes. As you might have guessed by the picture above we had some moderate amont of exploratory success yesterday. As for “the big sink” the landowner is concerned about liability issues so that is on hold unless they change their minds. (keep your fingers crossed)
The photo above is of me suiting up in neoprene just inside the mouth of the secret cave. The cave is known to some local explorers but for purposes of safety and preservation it is necessary to exercise some discretion as to it’s location.
At the end of the walking tunnel there is a freezing crawl through a sump (place where the tunnel sinks down to water level. The initial exploration had been made by bailing the water out of the pool but now in early summer, after a wet spring, the water is flowing and that option is not available. Your options are to wiggle through the freezing pool on your back or not to explore at all. The sumps in this cave have kept the curious out and also almost killed one of the previous explorers. We were taunted by stories of an underground waterfall somewhere beyond the barrier pool. My companion told me of a picture that he had seen where the water spurted out of the roof, spraying down in a misty shower. Beneath this the stream on the passage floor winds it’s way through dune-like sandbars.
We were totally excited at having found the entrance as it had eluded us on a previous investigation.