09/22/2006 04:33 PM NCA CaveTalk June 2001 Page 1 of 3 http://diamondcaverns.com/nca/June_01.htm Susan Berdeaux, Coordinator P.O. Box 280 Park City, KY 42160 866 552 2837 (toll free) email@example.com June 2001 SEASON STARTS Hope everyone had a good, strong Memorial Day weekend to start the season. AWARDS In late April, Claudia Wiley, Squire Boone Caverns, IN won the Lt. Governors Hospitality Award. She went to Indianapolis to receive the award from Lt. Governor Kernan. Also in April, David Foster, ACCA and Hidden River Cave, KY, was honored at the Earth Day ceremony of the Environmental Quality Commission in Frankfort, KY, along with the city of Horse Cave for their cooperative efforts to restore Hidden River Cave. Congratulations to both of them! OPENINGS Californias new Black Chasm Cavern celebrated the completion of its trail system to the Landmark Room on May 11, 2001. Earlier, Gary Soule had taken the commercial tour and reports that the engineering that went into the commercial trail is remarkable. At one point a bridge crosses a chasm where an underground lake can be seen some 70 feet below! Greg Francek, cave manager, and his staff were busy with the finishing touches. The helectites in the Landmark Room are outstanding! EVENTS Kiz Burd, Woodward Cave, PA, writes to tell us of their first Civil War re enactment at the Woodward Cave Campground. The company of artillery known as Hamptons Battery F saw many large and small battles during the war. The reenactment included the firing of the Parrot Gun. Kiz states they hope to host more community events in the future. CAVE GOES TO THE DOGS David Cale, Laurel Caverns, PA, reports on April 30 th Laurel Caverns was featured on the syndicated series K9 5 on the cable channel Animal Planet. The star of the show was a cave rescue dog named Melanie. Mel has been trained to find lost individuals in caves. For the shows taping she was obliged to keep finding the same person again and again while being videotaped from different angles. The filming crew speculated she must have been wondering how they could be so thick as to repeatedly misplace someone in the same spot. The highlight of the show was when Mel and her trainer rappelled together off a 45 ft. cliff.
09/22/2006 04:33 PM NCA CaveTalk June 2001 Page 2 of 3 http://diamondcaverns.com/nca/June_01.htm NEW PROGRAMS Howe Caverns, NY, has been named one of the seven charter sites that make up the states new Tourism Trail. The Tourism Trail was established to connect regionally or nationally unique attractions located in central New York State. Just over 200 miles in length, the trail takes travelers through rural farm country, past numerous state parks and forests, campsites, lakes and streams for fishing, canoeing and a wealth of other activities along the way. SHOWS The Franklin Rock and Mineral show was a pleasant surprise. While no Tucson, there was a good representation of both vendors and products with some real deals how about $1.75/# for tumbled stone ? Some good buys on amethyst cathedrals and onyx were also to be had. I came back loaded. I came back sick from the candy show in Chicago! Call me for details on both. ARTICLES Two different feature articles on Caverns of Sonora, TX, were in the March 18, 2001 issue of the San Angelo Standard Times, San Angelo, TX. Gary Soule reports that the Discovery Challenge, a tour through the undeveloped section, was mentioned in detail. Five nice color photos were also included (three photos pictured below from: www.cavernsofsonora.com CAVERNS OF SONORA DISCOVERY CHALLENGE NEW BOOKS Newly published CAVES OF COLORADO Rick Rhinehart editor, features both Cave of the Winds and Glenwood Caverns. This book is a class act, well written with lots of color photos and should sell well for both attractions. The booklet, Living with Karst talked about in an earlier Cave Talk is now available through the
09/22/2006 04:33 PM NCA CaveTalk June 2001 Page 3 of 3 http://diamondcaverns.com/nca/June_01.htm Talk is now available through the NSS bookstore. Many of us have already received a sample copy. Another well done publication. THANKS The editor would like to express her gratitude to all those who contributed to this issue of Cave Talk. All the input is greatly appreciated and sure makes the job easier. Additionally, it cuts down on making stuff up !! PHOTO GALLERY The gallery is open to any NCA member to submit a neat cave pic. The photo can be of either a wild or commercial cave. Feel free to e mail me: ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) photo by: Gary Berdeaux Back to Archive
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