NCA CaveTa k NATIONAL CAVES ASSOCIATION June 25, 1999 Barbara Munson, Coordinator 4138 Dark Hollow Rd. McMinnville, TN 37110 Phone (931) 668.3925 Fax (931) 668.3988 m,cavem,COI AROUND THE COUNTRY In general, the show cave business is getting off to a good start with many caves reporting increases in school business some had good, even record-breaking Memorial Day weekends. The weather at others held business down. Lots of members seem to be doing things to enhance tours, expand advertising, improve buildings and grounds, or add new activities. TRAVEL PLANS According to the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) vacation person-trips during June, July and August 1999 are expected to increase 4 percent over last year to 271 million. TIA estimates 84% of this Summer travel will be by auto, truck, and RV. RV travel is expected to be especially strong. LANDMARKS A 16 page publication National Park Service, 36 CFR part 62, National Natural Landmarks Program, Final Rule was released May 12, 1999. This is the final revision of various regulations issued since the program was started in 1980 and clarifies a number of points and including the provision that property may be withdrawn from NNL designation. Information about the program can be obtained from the National Natural Landmarks Regional Coordinator for your area or from the National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20240. A list of tile Coordinators can be obtained from the NCA Office. CELEBRATION As part of their many 70th Anniversary activities, HOWE CAVERNS will host the U.S.Army Gold Knights Precision Parachute Team on August The team will perform twice, landing on the HOWE CAVERNS front lawn. will be in conjunction with "Jump In To Schoharie County Day." There also be 40 area tourist attractions exhibiting on the grounds at caverns. John Sagendorf estimates over 5,000 people will be attending these activities. 25th. This will the EXPO MOANING CAVERN is pleased to announce the addition of a Tropical Rainforest Expo. A temporary 4000 sq. ft. tent-like structure decorated to simulate a tropical environment has been erected. I,inda Larsen writes there are several colorful, talkative macaws and cocatoos along with pythons, iguanas, and lots of other snakes and creepy crawlies. The arrangement is on a trail basis to see if the two businesses are compatable if so, a more permanent facility will be constructed. One of the cocatoos has become Linda's special friend! CHANGE Linda and Tommy Veal, along with Cindi Schmidt, have become the new owners of SEQUOYAH CAVERNS in Alabama. Former owners, George and Eastman and Jack and Judy Eastman are relocating in Oregon. lease Sally HONOR WEDDINGS Missouri's ONYX MOUNTAIN CAVERNS was placed on the National Historic Register May 21st. Owner Harry Thiltgen says this designation is based on extensive onyx mining in the cave during the 1890's. Lisa Prirnerano has included a number of NCA show caves in her new book,
Off the Beaten Aisle: America's Quirky Spots to Tie The Knot. Some cavewedding locations or ceremonies are described in charming detail in this 244 page book (ISBN 0-8065-2003-5). Contact Keri Cappadona, 201-583-6547. A LOSS AND PERSONNEL CHANGES James C. (Jim) Logan, Sr., who had had various responsibilities at LURAY CAVERNS, and had managed the Luray Caverns Airport for many years, recently died of a sudden heart attack. Jim's father, P. C. Logan, was Superintendent at LURAY when H.T.N. (Ted) Graves became President in the late 1940's. Another son, R. P. Logan, retired June 1st from his longtime position as Accountant at LURAY. Alice Gray has been named Comptroller and Chief of the Accounting Office. Gerald K. Judd, formerly with the town of Luray, has been named Chief Fund Officer. NEW LOST RIVER RESERVATION, in New Hampshire, has a beautiful new twelve-panel brochure with lots of pictures of the things to see and do. According to Dick Hamilton, this past Memorial Day weekend was the best in their 33 years of business! NEW FAX NUMBER Please make note of the new Fax number for NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS, Texas: 210-651-6144. NON-MEMBER NEWS Glenwood Caverns, in Colorado, had their Grand Opening Memorial Day weekend. Pre-opening promotional tours have been well received. Shuttle busses take visitors to and from the 7,100 foot elevation entrance. The tour is about 50 to 60 minutes long. An Adventure Tour is also offered. For more, visit their glenwoodcaverns.com website. Kula Kai, on the slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii, which will open shortly, has been featured in Hawaii Magazine and shown on local TV. Arizona's Kartchner Caverns State Park will be opening in November. We are told the trails are beautiful and the Smithsonian computer designed lighting is lovely. Have you seen the Arizona Highways special edition? LATE SUMMER Steve Fairchild expects to have the BLACK CHASM cave open for regular tours by mid-August. New brochures are already underway. Many of us visited the cave during our California Convention last year. COMPLETELY NEW The completely new Summer Discovery Program at FANTASTIC CAVERNS features an exciting archaeologial excavation. Students will be investigating a simulated native American (Osage) site and unearthing a wide variety of artifacts. The Summer Discovery Program began June 1st. CHANGES SQUIRE l1anager hands-on BOONE CAVERNS Claudia Wiley, experience. is developing a new Scout Program. According to they are also making their school program more of a STUDENT PASS As part of LAKE SHASTA CAVERNS' very successful new Underground Classroom Program, each participant receives a Student Pass, good anytime, as long as they bring an adult with them the pass can be used in this way as many times as wanted! INCREASES Gary Roberson says reservations for MARENGO CAVE'S Underground Winter Classroom were up substantially from last year. He also says they are putting more emphasis on press coverage and free publicity this year. A new shelterhouse has been completed and construction of cedar camping cabins is well underway.
NEW TRAIL Native Texas trees and plants are identified along the quarter mile long newly developed Nature Trail at NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS. FOOTPRINTS French scientists believe newly found footprints in Chauvet cave were made by a young Cro-Magnon boy 25,000 to 27,000 years ago. Archaeologists say they may be the oldest human footprints in Europe. GOLF DeSOTO CAVERNS' newest outdoor attraction, "Happy Golf" features a 9-hole miniature golf course with a challenging water fall. BERMUDA'S CAVES Cave Historian Gary Soule about Bermuda's caves and their history Journal of Spelean History. tells us there is a 16 page article in the Autumn, 1973 issue of The BLIND SPIDERS May 5th 1999 newspaper accounts detail the finding, in RACCOON MOUNTAIN CAVERNS, by University of Arizona's Dr. Marshal Hedin, of a healthy colony of 20 rare Cyrstal Caverns Cave Spiders. (RACCOON MOUNTAIN CAVERNS was once kno~m as Crystal Cavern~.) The long-legged spider was first seen in 1938, but, until this find, had not been seen for many years. Cave owner, Dr. Steve Perlaky and his sister, geologist Patty Perlaky say the colony is located in a remote area of the cave, closed to the public. ON THE HOVE Randy and Bev Langhover have moved to 82 Country Club Dr., Holiday Island, AR 72631, phone: 501-253-8936. He will be devoting more time to his brochure distribution business and Andy Lindscott will be at COSMIC CAVERNS. Roy Davis has moved into his 1860's while he continues the renovation and Faulkner Springs Rd., McMinnville, TN Historic Register house, Falcon Hurst, remodeling. His address is 712 Upper 37110, phone: 931-668-7454. NEW POSITION Kurt Krivaka has joined NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS as Human Relations Manager. NEW SIGNS Peter Heffron tells us they are putting up new vinyl road signs and making other property improvements at SITTING BULL CRYSTAL CAVE. "Bud" Duhamel, his grandfather who is 97, remains active in the business on a daily basis. NOVELTY BAT ITEM 14" personalized bat pencils, and other pencils from: Mary Louise Schober, 2851 M.L.King Dr., #1101, phone: 312-326-5893. OF NOTE ... 111 European Speleological Congress, Lisbon, Portugal, October 1-3, 1999 Information: firstname.lastname@example.org .... Ninth Annual World Congress on Adventure Travel and Ecotourism, Tuscon, Arizona, September 19-22, 1999. Information, NCA Office. CORRECTION Photo being Plans, announced last month in NCA CAVE TALK, for a One Hour Crown Service at LURAY CAVERNS, didn't work out. Other possibilities are explored. REMINDER Russ Campbell reminds his employees, and us, to "remember to always quote ... Children 5 and under are free ... when accompanied by a parent.' Otherwise day care centers call and expect to receive a free tour when they arrive. Think it couldn't happen? .. it has ... more than once."
Cave Talk is a publication of the National Caves
Association, a non-profit trade association founded in 1965
by a small group of private show cave owners. These initial
members sought to bring together show cave owners and
operators from across the United States to promote the show
cave industry to the public, to share information and ideas,
and to lobby for legislation favorable to the show cave