Editor Bob Weaver explores Barnes Run Cave with 5 year
old grandson August Weaver, who was squeamish about the
bats, but didn't mind crawling in the dirt
The Barnes Run cave has partially collapsed in
recent years, but it was a good crawler at one time
Caving has been a popular pastime in West Virginia since the first Native Americans descended into the "sinks" of its eastern mountains.
More than 500 caves have been explored and cataloged since, and countless more await their first human visitors.
Five commercial caverns provide guided tours, and several spelunking organizations sponsor monthly excursions.
In Sunny Calhoun, with the absence of limestone, the caves fall into two groups, the overhang cave (which isn't really a cave) and crawlers that require some honest to god bravery, tight and scary.
August gives a "thumbs up" on experience; rocks worn by time
Perhaps the scariest part is bats, snakes, spiders and assorted insects.
The Barnes Run cave was once inhabited by a "free-spirit" woman who no longer enjoyed life in her family abode. In recent years the roof near the entrance collapsed, making it a belly crawler, until one reaches the back spaces, where the roof is higher.
In days gone by, there was rarely enough fright to keep young men out of them on an adventuresome day.
Ashley Admire meditates at cave opening, rocks
worn by a thousand years of wind and weather
AUGUST WEAVER EXPLORES FETTYS CAVE
Five-year-old August Weaver explores Fettys Cave, plagued with
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