|The empty field on Thursday afternoon when I arrived. See the moon?|
|Here it is a little later. We're talking about 5:30PM here.|
|The bat symbol is an unofficial but universal symbol for cavers.|
You'll see them most often on car bumpers. We can easily tell that
someone is a caver by this sign. And RASS now has a flag! Salute, all you cavers!
|This was the Registration tent before the crowds hit. I was too busy playing|
traffic troll (the gate traffic director) to get any pics!
|Many cavers decorate their cars with multiple stickers|
proclaiming their affiliation with the caving community.
|The field started to fill up. There's also the "back forty" (more like 10 more acres,|
this is close to 16 out here) that held campers.
|No rubbish! It's nice to be able to work and drink! I started in on the beer about noon Friday!|
|A front blew through and after some sprinkles, the sky was rather pretty.|
|This is my man cave in the back of my Xterra. It got cold at night, that fluffy down|
sleeping bag came in handy!
|A rappel rack allows a rope to be locked off for climbing|
and released to lower someone.
|Being kicked in the chin is better than dying!|
|Dénes (DAY-nesh) is having way too much fun hanging around|
waiting to be rescued!
|This is an example of a carabiner that you DON'T want to use again!|
|Inner Mountain Outfitters came up from Georgia to supply us with any|
caving gear and fashions you could want. Please visit their website for any
camping/caving/rescue needs you may have!
|This is the company I worked for (on the side, going to caving events) until|
the founder sold it a few years ago so he could actually retire!
|We now interrupt our regular programming for a SELFIE! YES! I was there!|
|We feed everyone dinner on Saturday night! Here's the set up for cooking 50 pounds of spaghetti!|
|The start of the sauce!|
|35 more cans to open, and there sits the peanut gallery with the|
chief cook (Billy) on the far right!
|He did get into gear, though, and made 30 gallons of sauce. |
With meat. And another 5 gallons of vegetarian!
|LOTS of bread. And see all those Red Solo Cups? Oh yeah, BEER!!!!|
|It's a little excessive. See below!|
|Christopher, a young man (15yo) with Down Syndrome, plays Frisbee|
with some other cavers while waiting for dinner. Chris and his 3
brothers and sisters and parents, went to Island Ford Cave and had a blast!
|Painting with GARLIC BUTTER! My favorite artwork!|
|There was spontaneous entertainment!|
|The intro to Kristen.|
|Kristen, in native dress. Neat presentation, I learned a lot. I always enjoy that!|
|This is how you melt marshmallows when faced with a CONFLAGRATION!|
|Sunday morning was the VAR Business meeting. BOOORRRRRING!!!|
|Gotta love that wind-blown sweaty hair look! 120-odd miles with the windows down, the radio off, just |
cogitating about my life as I drove home. It was a wonderful weekend in all respects.