Post by Clint Neill on Nov 14, 2006 13:58:05 GMT -5
Thanks again, Lynn! I guess I should be more clear. I was hoping for something fairly close to Staunton, strictly horizontal, not particularly wet. Something like our Barton Cave here in Pennsylvania. I'd considered looking for a "wild cave tour" in one of the commercial caves, but they can be such zoos. Plus it will be pretty expensive for 4 kids (ages 7-15) and 2 or maybe 4 adults. Seems especially wasteful since between my stuff and the help of a few friends I have more than enough headlamps and helmets. The local Sierra Club chapter I cave with only knows about PA and WV caves. I know that the Staunton area is karst rich, but I'm sketchy on details. Anyhow, I'm sure that's way more than you needed, but that's the story. Thanks for any ideas you may have. I'm going to try to reach out to the local grottoes in VA, but I don't have much time left before we leave for our visit.
Post by Clint Neill on Nov 30, 2006 10:40:34 GMT -5
We ended up going to Island Ford Cave and had a very enjoyable trip. We talked about leaving nothing but footprints, taking nothing but pictures and killing nothing but time. We saw a fair number of bats and talked about why they are so important to us all and why they mustn't be disturbed. When we were leaving we gathered some trash at the entrance and talked about leaving caves cleaner than we found them.