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Saturday, April 14th, 2012

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7:37p
De profundis
Our happy Crew just got back from an overnight trip to Marengo Cave. The campsite was very nice, including a large picnic shelter. This proved very handy because of the rain that hit this morning. Luckily, we had most of our tents already struck. In fact, we dodged the rain pretty effectively the whole trip.

Our tour package included two easy walks through Marengo Cave in the morning. The Cave was discovered in 1883 by a 15-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother. The natural entrance was a deep sinkhole. Within a week of its discovery, the owner was charging people for cave tours (25 cents back in the day). Marengo is a very nice Show Cave. It has lots of interesting geological formations and many expansive and beautiful galleries.

After lunch, the Crew geared up for some wild caving in a nearby cave. It featured crawling on your belly, tight spaces, and lots of slop. The Crew loved it. There is a fine showerhouse at the picnic area. The Crew cleaned up, we called out Boots and Saddles, and we were on the road for home.

Everything's better with bacon Everything's better with bacon Making breakfast at Marengo Cave
Abandon hope, all ye who enter here Abandon hope, all ye who enter here Modern Entrance to the Cave
In the Hall of the Mountain King In the Hall of the Mountain King Marengo Cave has many spacious galleries
Gearing up Gearing up The Crew gets Oriented for Wild Caving
Cavewoman Chic Cavewoman Chic Sarah
Steampunk Ninja Steampunk Ninja Ben goes for the Old-timer look with his Carbide Lantern
Back from the Depths Back from the Depths The Best Things in Life are Dirty

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