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Volume 40, Number 5 (September - October 2004).
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I N T E R C O M Volume 40, Issue 5 September October, 2004 Iowa Grotto P.O. Box 228 Iowa City, IA 52244 Membership Dues : due January 1, $15.00 per year, includes INTERCOM and Hot-Line subscriptions. INTERCOM subscriptions only are $13.00 per year. The Iowa Grotto reserves the right to decline membership during or after a probationary period. Due Dates : for submission of material for publication in the INTERCOM are November 1 and January 1. Send material for publication, e-mail, disk or hard copy, to: Editor and Typist: Scott Dankof 515-986-3219 410 Hickory Circle Grimes IA. 50111 E-mail sdankof@msn.com Coordinate photographs for publication in the INTERCOM with Scott Dankof, the INTERCOM editor. Cave Rescue : Contact the Kentucky Disaster and Emergency Services Central Dispatch at 502-564-7815 for cave emergencies only in the NCRC Central Region of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Iowa Grotto Meetings : are the fourth Wednesday of each month, third Wednesday in De-cember at 7:30 p.m. in Room 125 or thereabouts of Trowbridge Hall on the campus of the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Cover Photo: Coldwater Cave, Iowa. Photo by: Scott Dankof 64 IOWA GROTTO National Speleological Society P. O. Box 228 Iowa City, Iowa 52244 Chairman Mike Lace Vice Chairman Ed Klausner Secretary Treasurer Phil LaRue Volume 40 Issue 5 C O N T E N T S _____________ Iowa Grotto Meeting Minutes 65 Trip reports: JanetÂ’s River 66 HannahÂ’s Drop 66 MVOR Weekend and other travels 67 Old Timers Reunion 68 Long overdue 68 Down and Out 69 October Ozark Caving 69 Cedar Bluff 70 Dear Most Competent Caver 71 Cave Maps: Penrose Draw Cave 72 Edens Delight Cave 73 Photo Gallery: Willis Cave, Ark. 74 Texas Cave, Ark. 74 Coldwater Cave, Ia. 75

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I OWA GROTTO MINUTES September 22, 2004 Regular Meeting The meeting of the Iowa Grotto was called to order by Chairman Mike Lace, at 7:54 p.m., with 9 members and present after Mike Lace showed slides from Chris Beck on his trip to the lava tubes in Hawaii. Minutes from the August 25, 2004 meeting were read and corrected. A treasurerÂ’s report was given: Coldwater: 574.86; General Fund: $1651.70; Petty Cash: $137.71. TRIP REPORTS: Ed Klausner reported on a trip to Jackson Co. with Gary Engh and Elizabeth Miller where six caves were mapped. He continued with a trip to Dubuque Co. with Elizabeth M. and the landownerÂ’s family where one vertical cave was mapped. He continued to report on Coldwater weekend where Bill Mulder and Jeff Bushman went on a photo trip to Monument Passage. The rest of the group worked around the shack. In Kentucky, Ed reported on his trip at Mammoth Cave where virgin passage was explored. John Kirk reported on his trip to Mammoth Cave for restoration work. FUTURE TRIPS: See the N.S.S. News and the Intercom. OLD BUSINESS: Republished back issues of the Intercom are still available. Volume IV of the Iowa Cave Map Book is available for $25.00. Orders will be taken for Volumes I-III at $25.00 each. If all four volumes of the map book are purchased at the same time, the set will be $80. The hog confinement that was proposed in the Coldwater watershed was denied by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The petitioner can reapply after correcting the reasons for denial. NEW BUSINESS: The Intercom deadline is November 1st. The N.S.S. Research Committee has awarded the Coldwater Project a grant for ongoing projects. Nominations for Grotto Officers will be taken until the December meeting. Liz Robinson made a motion, which was seconded by Brad Smith, to reappoint the current officers for yet another term. With no additional business, the meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.. 65 IOWA GROTTO MINUTES October 27, 2004 Regular Meeting The regular meeting of the Iowa Grotto was called to order by Chairman Mike Lace, at 7:26 p.m., with 7 members present. Minutes from the September 22nd 2004 meeting were read and approved. A treasurers report was given: Coldwater: $574.86; General Fund: $1651.70; Petty Cash: $137.71. TRIP REPORTS: Liz Robinson reported on her trip with Brad Smith to MOVR where they visited Lone Hill Onyx Cave. John Kirk reported on his trip to southern Indiana where he visited 6 caves. Ed Klausner reported on his trip to Dubuque county where he, Jim Roberts, Gary Engh and Elizabeth Miller mapped HannahÂ’s Drop (over 100 ft). He also reported on a trip to Falling Spring / Wagon Wheel where he, Mike Lace, Chris Beck, Gary Engh, Phil LaRue, Rich Feltes, Elizabeth Miller and Shawn Thomas started the resurvey of both caves. Ed also reported on his trip to Arkansas with Mike Lace, Scott Dankof and Gary Engh where they visited and surveyed several caves and located several others that would be surveyed on a future trip. FUTURE TRIPS: The annual picnic will be the first weekend in August, tentatively in Dubuque Co. Mammoth Cave cleanup first weekend in November, NSS convention in Huntsville AL next summer. Advanced rescue Nov 14th with Doug Schmuecker in Mt. Vernon. OLD BUSINESS: Iowa Cave Map Book Volume 4 is available for $25 along with volumes 1-3 at $25 each. If all four volumes of the map book are purchased at the same time, the set will be $80. No new nominations for grotto officers were received. NEW BUSINESS: There will be slides on IA and AR caves shown at the November meeting. The Intercom deadline is November 1st. Please return library materials that you have checked out. There is a new format for the Intercom. Please let Scott Dankof know how you like the new format. The grotto meetings for Nov and Dec will be the third Wednesday of the month rather that the usual 4thWednesday due to the holidays. With no additional business, the meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m..

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Janet’s River Mammoth Cave, KY September 4, 2004 Doug Alderman, Charles Fox, Bob Lodge and Ed Klausner By Ed Klausner On my last trip to Mammoth Cave, we found a bypass to a difficult climb (LaJuana Falls) that is on the route to Janet’s River. Janet’s River is one of the two known connections between Mammoth Ridge and Flint Ridge. There are lots of leads remaining along the route, but no work has been done in the area in 10 years. With the bypass found, I was anxious to get back to the area and start cleaning up the leads. I took along two other sketchers (Charles Fox and Bob Lodge) so they could learn the route. Unfortunately, I signed us out for a 14 hour trip and it took six hours to reach our first destination. Part of that was route finding. I had never been beyond the LaJuana Falls area and the route was confusing in many spots. The six hours needed to reach our destination didn’t give us much time to survey. Once we got our bearings in a fairly large room with multiple passages going off, we picked the first lead – well, it really wasn’t a lead at all. It was noted as being too tight but seemed to be enterable. Bob led and Doug followed reading instrument while I sketched. After 70 feet of nasty-to-survey passage, Bob said he could stand up. In fact, he had entered good sized passage that led to a dome and several more leads. We were out of time, but took a quick look at what we found. We were pleased, as it isn’t often you find virgin walking passage in the historic section of Mammoth Cave. The trip back was much shorter – a bit over 4 hours. Some areas that we could climb up were more difficult to climb back down, especially when we couldn’t see our feet. In one instance, we had to find another route. Having a handline and a few etriers along helped. There’s a lot more to do here and I’m looking forward to future trips. Hannah’s Drop Hannah’s Drop, Katie’s Dream and Eden’s Delight, Dubuque County, Iowa September, 26 2004 Gary Engh, Ed Klausner, Elizabeth Miller,and Jim Roberts By Ed Klausner Hannah’s Drop is one of three known caves on a section of hillside in southern Dubuque County. The other two (Eden’s Delight and Katie’s Dream) had been mapped, so on a beautiful fall day, we set off to map the last of the trio. It was easy to find the cave as Elizabeth and I had taken the landowners to visit it in early September. At the time, we mapped Eden’s Delight but did not have time to map Hannah’s Drop. Jim set point while Gary read instrument. I did book and Elizabeth drew cross sections. There was an initial climb down at the entrance of eight feet. After that, the floor sloped towards an intersection. To the right was another drop that could be chimneyed, followed by a slope and yet another drop, but this one was slippery. To make things interesting, at the bottom of this slippery drop was a wedged rock acting as a floor with a hole nearby. The hole was quite narrow and looked as if it would be quite difficult to get out of. I don’t think it was as wide as my helmet. At this point, the cave continued (along the same joint) for a few more climb ups and downs until it met a perpendicular joint. We moved a few rocks to see if we could get around the corner, but once we did, we could not fit in the cross joint. There was an upper level which we surveyed before going back to the intersection. The other branch of the cave was shorter in length and height. It has seen quite a bit of raccoon traffic. It was still early and we brought vertical gear along, so we walked the short distance to Eden’s Delight and rigged the rope. Jim tried out his new figure 8, Gary looked at nearby sinkholes (all plugged) and Elizabeth and I took another quick tour of the vertical cave. 66

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It was good to get out on such a beautiful day and finish up this area. There appears to be more nearby hills to search for cave openings. MVOR Weekend and other travels Bourbon, MO October 1-3 2004 Brad Smith, Liz Robinson and a host of others Brad Smith and I had a long trip last week. Saturday, September 25th we left and went to the Windy City Grotto annual picnic. It worked out well for us since it did not interfere with other plans or with OTR. We arrived fashionably late since we stopped for a short visit with my 96 year old mother. We stayed with her before going on to the picnic, The food was very nice at the picnic and several people took in some vertical practice. After the meal there was the usual grotto auction. Brad and I bought a few things, including an old torch (like the kind that they used to have in the old movies), a Justrite carbide generator, and some old fire hose that can be used for draining a hot tub. The carbide generator needs some holes patched, but it should work. There was only a small part of the hose that could not be used as it had been toasted to the point where the rubber was exposed. Brad contributed some homemade mint chocolate shavings ice cream to the picnic and we had some of our good 5 year old cheddar as well. The extra hot horseradish is what really went over well. The next day we left my motherÂ’s house around 8:00a.m. for a conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. I will not go into this because it is work related and not cave related. After my conference we arrived in St. Louis the night of September 30th and stayed overnight in a motel. We arrived in camp at Riverview Ranch campground on October 1st. We checked out the sauna, (there was no hot tub) as well as the howdy party. Brad was up very late that night so we did not get up in time for the early cave trips, however we met with some Windy City people who were going to look for a nice cave trip that was not too far or too difficult. They invited us to go along with them. Neither one of us wanted to come back from this MVOR without getting underground. The cave was Lone Hill Onyx Cave, which was on state land. The drive to the cave took about an hour. We came to a parking lot and things started to become familiar. We walked along the trail and they became even more familiar. When we arrived at the cave I recalled having been in it at a MVOR several years ago. I recall telling Brad that it was a fun and beautiful cave, not too difficult, and that he should see for himself. The first part of the trip was stoop walking through water and cherty gravel. The cave then opened up into walking passage that got beyond the stream passage. There were a couple of directions that we could move and we chose to make our first side trip to the right where we encountered a lot of mud and wetness but some really nice large formations. One was a stalagmite and stalactite that almost met. There was a formation that looked like the profile of an elephant and another that looked like the back end of the elephant. At this point a few remarks were made about the disconnected elephant. The other part of the cave was also very well-decorated. I missed part of it as my back and knees were starting to bother me, especially when I started the climb up the pile of breakdown. I did not want to need help exiting the cave. However there was plenty to look around at in the room where I waited for the others. I also saw some bats flying around. There were lots of bats in the cave. We saw pips, gray bats as well a big and little brown bats. There was a hole in the cave ceiling where a group of gray bats had congregated together and left guano on the rock below. On the way out of the cave we saw a college class with their instructor who was conducting a bat education class. He was holding a little brown bat in his hands with a glove. The bat was squeaking of course. The class members had lights but no 67

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helmets and allegedly they had been into areas where we had already been through. We exited the cave after dark. Brad found a ripe paw paw which we ate the next day. It was decent. We did not get back to the campground in time for door prizes, let alone the banquet which we had not paid for anyway. I do not know if our names were called for door prizes, but it could not have been more worthwhile to me than the cave trip we had been on. The bonfire was most pleasant since it was a cold night. When we got out of the back of the truck the next morning there was plenty of frost on the grass. It warmed up later on that day. One of the nice things about this MVOR was that it was reasonably close, only about 6-7 hour drive back home. That was a good thing after some or the more distant ones. Old Timers Reunion Dailey, WV Labor Day Weekend Brad Smith, Liz Robinson, and about 2200 other people We arrived at OTR in rain but that was the last rain we saw for a while. We set up our tent and participated in the preOTR work crews. OTR was good this year. Brad participated in the obstacle course and did not win anything, but had fun. Friends from Syracuse, NY were down there and we have a videotape of Brad and our friend competing in a number of speleo-olympic events. Our friend, Steve Gaines, had been down to OTR some years ago and finally was able to get away from work and get down again. He brought his brother, Marty as his guest. Marty had the video camera. Brad and I both were in the fun run on Sunday. Brad came in second in his age group and I came in first since I was the only one. I walked it with another woman who was not officially entered in the race and that made it go faster and a lot more pleasant. We both got some caver bucks for our efforts. Steve and Marty had to leave right after the awards ceremony in order to get Steve back to work on Tuesday morning. We were sorry that they had to leave so early. The Syracuse University Outing Club had a fund raiser dinner at the sauna on Sunday night. Funds were raised for both the Northeaster Cave conservancy and for the sauna itself. I also learned that the Northeast Cave Conservancy is going to try to buy Schroeders Pants. This is the cave where James Mitchell (as in the Mitchell Award) is buried. I asked them how they are going to get around the fact that legally the cave is a cemetery. They said that most of the bones are intact and can be found. What they will do is go into court and get permission to rebury the bones and then reopen the cave. The cave has some significance beyond that of the death of Mitchell, in that it was pictured on the old Adirondack Grotto patch as well as being a sporting cave. Mitchell died prusiking out the cave in the days before cavers used wetsuits and ascenders. He was, I believe, an MIT student. As noted above there was NO rain at OTR during the event. Brad and I did make a trip into town and there was rain on our way into town but it did not rain in camp. It managed to stay nice on Monday, and we had no problems packing up our campsite on Tuesday. However, it rained quite a bit after we left camp and practically the rest of the way to Watertown, NY. The source of the rain, of course was Hurricane Frances. Long Overdue Wagon Wheel / Falling Spring Caves, Fayette County, Iowa October 3, 2004 Chris Beck, Gary Engh, Rich Feltes, John Kirk, Ed Klausner, Mike Lace, Phil LaRue Elizabeth Miller, and Shawn Thomas By Ed Klausner Both Wagon Wheel and Falling Spring Caves have been known for many years, yet there is no map of either cave. In 1987 they were connected by Mike Nelson and Bryan Bain by going in from each entrance (Intercom V23:4 p4-6). The connection between the two was too small to pass through. We have talked about surveying both but there was always something else to do. Once, we even brought wet suits and looked at the entrances but thought we 68

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would rather do something else that day. It was not a high point in our surveying. Mike, our moral compass, thought it was time to remedy this situation. Despite the whining, we assembled a crew, had Phil contact the landowner, had Chris bring the cable ladder, and made plans to meet near the landownerÂ’s house. The weather was stable, so there were no excuses to be had on that front. Our plan was for Mike, Chris and Gary to enter Falling Spring while Elizabeth and I would enter Wagon Wheel. We would each go to the ends of the cave, pass the tape through to get a survey shot, and then each group would survey out of the caves they had entered. In the mean time, Shawn, Phil, Rich and John would take a look at both these caves and then go over to Wet Cave as several of them did not have wetsuits. Of course, it didnÂ’t quite work out like that. For one thing, both caves were too wet to get close to the connection. Since Mike, Gary and Chris had a shorter cave to survey, they tied the two entrances together in a surface survey once they were though with the cave survey. WeÂ’ll then know how close we each got to connecting the caves. Wagon Wheel, between the entrance shaft and the sump was quite comfortable. The ceiling was low for the first 20 or so feet, but then opened up to walking passage. This helped those without wet suits and meant that both Shawn and Phil helped with the survey. They set stations while Elizabeth read instrument and I sketched. This section of the cave was nicely decorated and we surveyed a bit over 100 feet from the bottom of the shaft to a near sump. When we reached the entrance shaft, everyone exited except me. Mike had warmed up from their cold, nasty survey and entered Wagon Wheel to help me do the upstream survey. We put in several shots for an additional 90 feet before I got too cold to continue. This was much lower passage, generally 1 to 1.5 feet high. Fortunately, there were ceiling cracks where we conveniently put stations. The rest of the survey looks low and ugly and will require hoods and a fresh survey team. The same goes for Falling Springs, except that side is much nastier. WeÂ’ll need a lower water level and another day with no chance of rain. Warm weather wouldnÂ’t hurt either, as it makes changing out of our wetsuits so much nicer after freezing in the low passages of the cave. Down And Out Down And Out Cave, Newton County, Arkansas October 16, 2004 Scott Dankof, Gary Engh and Ed Klausner By Ed Klausner Mike Lace, Scott Dankof and I started the survey of Down And Out Cave last April. At the time, we surveyed 106 feet in this mechanical cave with two entrances. We also found a nearby entrance that was quite small. I squeezed in and found some passage that was going in the general direction of Down And Out. We ran out of time and never knew if the caves connected. On the first caving day of our Fall Arkansas trip, Scott, Gary and I headed over to Down And Out while Mike set a bad example and spent the day gulaging on his property. Neither Gary nor Scott could fit in the nearby entrance so Scott entered Down And Out and went towards the remaining unsurveyed passage while Gary continued ridgewalking along the same ridge. The remaining unsurveyed passage in Down and Out Cave led directly to the passage I was in, so the caves are connected. To join me, Scott had to climb down a ledge that had no good hand or footholds. We surveyed a lower area and then continued the survey towards the small entrance. I helped Scott get back up the ledge and then exited the cave via the small entrance. All in all, we added about 120 feet of survey to this cave with three entrances. Gary and I stayed in Arkansas for two more days of caving before heading back to Iowa. Mike and Scott had more time off and stayed for some additional caving days. 69

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October Ozark Caving Texas Cave, Newton County, AR Scott Dankof, Will Feltman, Mike Lace October 21st, 2004 By Mike Lace Last April, while visiting Will and Eve Feltman, we had looked at a small spring that tumbled out of shallow bluff. The small crawlway was completely sumped after the heavy spring rains so we promised ourselves to return when things had dried up to hopefully get a closer look at the passage beyond. What had looked like a small, inundated hole actually dropped several feet before slipping under a ledge. Shortly beyond, the passage completely sumped but you could see a roomy hands-and-knees crawl heading off to the right. It would take waiting for drier conditions or someone with dive gear to determine once and for all if it still goes. Will was anxious for us to take a look at Texas Cave another resurgence that he had dug open some time ago. The six foot deep entry pit had been filled to the brim with icy spring water on our last visit but the water had now subsided enough for us to slip into the horizontal entry crawl at the base of the pit. This wasn’t accomplished without getting wet, however, as we bellycrawled about 20 feet through a two foot deep pool to a roomy hands-andknees crawl. It was particularly “sporting” for Scott who had managed to forget to bring any shred of polypro clothing. Armed with only a T-shirt, his girlish screams were surely enough to send any cave critters running in the opposite direction or so we hoped. The cave quickly popped up into a mud banked standing room with several clusters of formations and a few bats (pipestrelle) on the ceiling. A tall, dry fissure formed an upper loop that swung around the room and offered another lead or two to push. Scott broke out the camera gear while I slipped back into the stream to follow the water upstream. The stream passage gradually degenerated into a flat-out bellycrawl in shallow water where you couldn’t turn your head from side to side. It was clean of any mud with pockets of cobbles strewn over a black coated bedrock floor. About two hundred feet later it was still going low with no imminent sign of opening up, but going nonetheless. I backtracked to the “big”room to help with the photography. We blew a few flashbulbs in the larger section of the stream passage before deciding to unpack the survey gear to start mapping what we thought was 500 feet of passage altogether. As we started mapping our way toward the entrance, Scott cocked his head and whispered, “what’s that?” We could both hear a distant heavy shuffling along the floor of the stream passage coming from deep in the cave. It would stop then start again, drawing a little closer each time from the sound of it. We were pretty sure there was no one else in the cave at that time. We guessed that it might be a raccoon but where did he come in? The spring entrance might have been a little too wet for him but a second entrance wasn’t out of the question (“shuffle, shuffle”). The possibility of a side passage crossing the stream ahead could mean that it opened up at some point beyond where I turned around (“shuffle”). (Editor Note: The noise was more of a shuffle, drag, stumble, drool sound.) Scott suggested we survey faster. We picked up a hundred feet of survey before the gear was completely slimed and we started to cool off. Slithering out of the waterlogged entry crawl and into the daylight was a “treat” but really it was a fun trip into a nice little cave. We cleaned up and scattered our wet cave gear alongside Will’s garage like a yard sale. We spent the night at the Feltmans’ showing them fresh pictures of the Texas Cave, which neither one had been in yet, on Scott’s laptop. Thanks to our generous hosts for a fine day of caving. The next trip can’t come too soon. Cedar Bluff Second Sight, Little Bear, Bob’s Bump, Penrose Draw, Angry Chipmunk, Dinky’s Bluff and Royertown Caves, Jackson County, Iowa October 10, 2004 By Ed Klausner 70

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Gary Engh, Rich Feltes, John Kirk, Ed Klausner, and Elizabeth Miller In the early fall, Gary, Elizabeth and I started searching for caves near Cedar Bluff in Jackson County. We found and mapped 6 without ever actually getting to Cedar Bluff. On a fine Sunday in mid October, we again set out for Cedar Bluff with the addition of Rich Feltes and John Kirk. We picked up where we last left off – Barred Cave. Actually, on the way to Barred, we found an additional cave that we named Second Sight Cave because we missed it the first time. We had been looking for a known cave at the bottom of the bluff and this time we were walking higher on the bluff and found this 31 foot solutional cave with some nice speleothems. We then continued along from Barred Cave and worked around the other side of the valley until we hit Cedar Bluff. We found Little Bear Cave as described by the land owner. It was only 19 feet long. We mapped Little Bear along with a mechanical cave very close by that the landowner named Bob’s Bump Cave. We also located a window through the bluff. It was too short to map, but offered a scenic view. We were only able to ridgewalk part of a side valley known as Penrose Draw. On the northern part we found a solutional tube. The tube was the entranceway to a 19 foot cave, Penrose Draw Cave, but the cave had a dig in the back and several formations. Across the valley was a small entrance that led to a wide room with a few spots where there was room to sit up. This made sketching easier as much of today’s sketching was in cramped conditions. There was a chipmunk outside scolding us, thus the name Angry Chipmunk Cave. At the end of the month, Gary, Elizabeth and I returned to finish ridgewalking this area. We found only one additional small cave on Dinky’s Bluff and gave the cave the name of the bluff. It was 16 feet long with some small stalactites and some flowstone. With time on our hands, we headed over to a landowner who had e-mailed me about a new cave he found on his land. We stopped by and set off to map this 27 foot one with his three young sons. The cave had a tight crawl about halfway through, limiting access to the back section. I went in first followed by one of the landowner’s sons. Elizabeth was doubtful about my description of the back room being spacious enough to sit up, but came through anyway. Before returning home, we visited Long Cave as Elizabeth had not seen it before. It turned out to be a beautiful fall day although it threatened rain earlier in the morning. Dear Most Competent Caver Dear Most Competent Caver, I’m new to caving and have been looking for someone to teach me the proper techniques in underground exploration. Last month, I joined the local grotto, hoping for the chance to learn. So far on all my trips I’ve been paired up with a guy who I think is a bit high strung. His first comment to me was “Out of my way mere mortal”, then he started singing “Love Shack”. He constantly is saying “My people they love me” and “ When I find virgin cave, perhaps I’ll let you name a small insignificant slimy side lead”. I don’t know what to think about this guy. What should I do? Signed, Hugh Jass Dear Hugh Jass, Sounds to me like this fellow represents whats good and decent in the caving world. A shining beacon of morality. My grotto has someone just like that. We call his gems of wisdom, Jonesism’s Whenever I hear “My people they love me” or “The chicks they dig me”, and my favorite, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”, I get a warm feeling all over. If I were you I’d get a paper and pencil and take notes. You never know when one of those catch phrases will come in handy. Like this one, “Take your hands off me, I’m not going to jail”

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Salamander in Willis Cave, Newton Co. Ark. Photo by: Scott Dankof Mike Lace in Texas Cave, Newton Co. Ark Photo by: Scott Dankof

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Rachel Dankof in Coldwater Cave, Ia. Photo by: Scott Dankof


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