40 years of caving


Over 40 years of caving

Over 40 years of caving

A while back my Dad gave me some slides to scan of a trip he and Mom had gone on to Timpanogos cave in Utah. One of my favorites showed my Mom holding a bundled blanket while in the cave. There I was at two months old on my first cave trip. I decided that if I ever went to Utah I had to visit Timpanogos and find the location of that photo. When I decided to attend This years NSS convention in Colorado, I figured I could drive through Utah and finally make the trip. Ric also decided to drive to the convention so we rode together. We arrived at Timpanogo’s  Nat. park in the afternoon and headed up to cascade springs where we saw some excellent examples of travertine deposits. The next morning we got an early start for the steep hike up to the cave and enjoyed a great tour of not one but three caves, connected by man made passages. Our guide, Molly was very entertaining and knew exactly where the picture of my mom was taken making it fairly easy to find the spot and then have Ric take my photo there.

From Timpanogos we were back on the road and on our way to the convention in Glenwood Springs, Colorado..

Timpanogos Alpine meadow

Timpanogos Alpine meadow

 

 

Cascade springs

Cascade springs

 

Timpanogos cave

Timpanogos cave

Speleo-Ed


Kaweah river

Kaweah river

Just a few days after returning from my travels to the Bay area and Greenville, it was time to dig out my camping gear and load up the car to head out to Sequoia National park for Speleo-Ed! We were camping at Lodgepole which is fairly high elevation and due to the strange weather this year, there was still snow up there. Matt assured us though that there were clear areas to camp.

campsite

campsite

He turned out to be correct and even though it was after dark when I arrived I had no problem finding a clear spot to pitch my tent, I did have to drive over a snow bank to park my car though.

We had some great topics for speleo-ed, the hardest part was deciding which to attend. Then after a morning of interesting lectures. We had the afternoon to enjoy the park, several of us headed up to check out Tokopah falls. A short hike from our campground, made a bit longer by all the snow drifts we had to get around, it was a very impressive waterfall since all the snow melt was keeping the water flowing at full force.

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Tokopah falls

Tokopah falls

That night we had a great dinner cooked by Kadean and Marc with their helpers, followed of course by schnapps tasting and a cheesy movie.

And we were greeted in the morning with a fair bit of snow that fell in the night.

Hungry Cavers

Hungry Cavers

Snowy Campsite

Snowy Campsite

Still, my bug made it down the mountain safely, another wonderful  weekend!

Snowy bug

Snowy bug