Getting There Is Half The Fun

Cave: Coon Cave
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Date: Saturday, June 26, 1999
By: Chuck Hilpert
Personnel: Bob McLaughlin, Rick Falconer, Jen Falconer 15, Mike Wolf, Jeremy Ludwig, Tom Griffiths 15, Bob Brannon 13, Charlie Hilpert 9, Justin Kohler 10, Andrew Blanning 10, Chuck Hilpert

Bob McLaughlin, Rick Falconer, Jen Falconer 15, Mike Wolf, Jeremy Ludwig, Tom Griffiths 15, Bob Brannon 13, Charlie Hilpert 9, Justin Kohler 10, Andrew Blanning 10 and myself hook up at Deans Diner 7:45, breakfast and speleo chatter, on to the cave. Well on to the area of the cave. Bob Mc was the only one who had ever been there before and he could picture exactly where it was in his mind. "Unfortunately he’s lost his mind". But, after an hour or so of ridge running in 90 degree heat with 90% humidity we found the entrance, exactly as he described, "His brain is still missing". During the search there was a muteness murmur coming from the lemmings being sent out in various directions looking for that illusive hole. Bob looked nervous as the young boys sharpened their pocket knives and practiced tying miniature hangman’s nooses with their boot laces when we stopped for a water brake. Then, of course, I was asked the inevitable question by one of them "are we lost?" No-----, cavers don’t get lost, we’re just disoriented, I replied, and if we stay disoriented for days, we say that we were a might bewildered for a spell, but we’re definitely not lost. Besides getting there is half the fun.

Finding the air conditioned hole was a treat after that walk, and it was decided that Bob would live, (mostly because it would be to hard to find a new grotto chairman at this time of year). The cave was interesting and we all had fun. The best part of the trip for me was taking first timer Andrew along and having the opportunity to meet Jeremy and Mike.


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