Trip date: 2020-02-15 Project manager: Rick Hines Trip purpose: Site Work and MCFPD Site Visit Areas of Cave visited: Campground Trip participants: Shannon Robinson, Martin Carmichael, Krista Bartel, Tim Delk, Kellen Delk Entry Time: 10 am Exit Time: 3 pm
The trip report: Krista Bartel, Martin Carmichael and I, spent the day Saturday working on the SkyCrapper. The goal was to place it up on bricks and attach the steps. It is now operational. Despite it being frozen to the ground, we figured it out. Our concern is that it will settle this spring so we made the steps self-supporting to prevent damaging them or the SkyCrapper. Many thanks to Krista and Martin for changing there “Fun” plans at the last minute to work on a shit house.read more
We have confirmed a date for the Orientation/Familiarization, including Cave Entrance with the MCFPD. It is June 3rd, at 8am. The plan is to meet-and-greet and show the Volunteers of the Mid-County Fire Protection Department (MCFPD) how to access the Site, Silo and Cave. Introduce them to the operation of the Winch, and other safety measures in place. We will awe them with Maps of the Cave. Those that want to can also experience a trip down into the abyss of Carroll Cave. We will entertain 2 groups of MCFPD and other Institutions associated with them (those that MCFPD would call-in to help them) throughout the day. One group of 15 in the morning, and another group of 15 in the afternoon. We will provide Coffee, Hot Choc, Donuts and Bagels to our Volunteers. This is a Rain or Shine event. If it rains, we will address parking then. The goal is to acclimate them to the site and introduce ourselves to each other.read more
Participants (riding with Rick)
We finished anchoring the demo/practice cable to the silo floor and finished the installation of a waterproof LED light in the basement that was started on the prior work day. We got started on the installation of a new LED fixture in the silo. We repaired the roof of the school by replacing the torn section of the rubber roofing with a new 11’ by 12’ section of EPDM rubber. Jamie delivered a plaque made to honor Chris Danuser, Greg Fry and Ron Jaeger. We moved the picnic table and a steel wood rack to the Silo. The big effort was prepping the sky crapper for a move across the road to our land north of the silo. After cross bracing the sky crapper Greg Fry picked it up with his tractor and moved it to its new home. As we finished cleaning up and loading up Jay led Nick down the ladder for his first view of Carroll Cave. read more
After a rough start we finally concluded a productive work day and I can check two items off our “to do list”.
Bill Gee and a newcomer to the CCC, Shannon Robinson, arrived about 15 minutes before our planned 7:00 AM departure (Bill’s always early). While packing their gear into my truck Bill noticed a low tire so I fired up the air compressor and aired up the tire. We got in and found that the truck would not start. After connecting two vehicles with jumper cables we were eventually able to get my F350 diesel started. We got about a half mile down the road and the truck was running poorly and the check engine light came on. We turned around and limped back to my house and transferred gear to Bill’s truck but since his truck will only hold two people I followed him in my car. On the way down Bill allowed no time for breakfast and we only got a bathroom stop because he needed gas. So we made up a little of the lost time and arrived at about 10:30.read more
Bernhard Arnold, Jeff Page, and Rick Hines departed Rick’s home in his truck Sunday morning for a long delayed work day at Carroll. We picked up electrical wire at Menards before hitting the highway. Our next stop was at Randy Bruegger’s home near Warsaw to load barbwire fence he donated. We soon received a call from Jamie Euliss. Jamie and Dustin Young had been on a Thunder River trip Saturday and stayed overnight in the silo so they could work cutting wood Sunday. The recent thaw and rains had left the pasture saturated. Their truck was stuck and they were hoping we could pull them out. So we made a stop at Walmart and bought a tow strap. We left the road and started up the hill to the silo but soon found we could not get up the hill. So back down the hill and over to Rusty Clark’s place to see if it might be possible to enter from the east. I knew Rusty was on vacation but when we saw someone working on his place we stopped. We met Mike, Rusty’s longhorn business partner. Mike said we were welcome to cross the pasture and offered to lead us with his tractor and also help get Jamie and Dustin out. We made it across the pasture but it was very soft and slick. Mike hooked his chain up and made quick work of pulling Jamie out. We gave Mike a tour of the silo and gave him some flyers to post to promote our open house and landowner cave tour. We are lucky to have great neighbors like Mike and Rusty!read more
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