I’m thankful that Smyth County had little rain in September and early October.
I’m thankful I had an umbrella on Sunday morning,
Thankful that Mark Little and Michael McBride agreed to help me survey Big Sink Cave on Saturday,
Thankful that I still had one clean (but wet) glove when exiting Big Sink Cave,
Thankful that Michael prepared a full breakfast buffet for the TriTrogs,
Thankful that Mark and Michael snipped up the old barbed wire fence that has always been a tripping hazard,
Thankful that Michael has experience building trails and was willing to start drawing up plans for a new approach trail to Hancock Cave’s entrance,
Thankful that Tanya McLaughlin let us stay at her house and shared so many naturalist suggestions for the trail,
Thankful that the snoring from downstairs only mildly penetrated the upstairs floor I was sleeping on,
Thankful that Tanya came out to Hancock Cave on Sunday to share stories about Hancock Cave with the van drivers for the National Cave and Karst Management Symposium,
Thankful that Mr. Harrington allowed us to visit the back entrances to the cave,
Thankful that Drunk Dave led Michael and Emily Graham off so that more Sunday lunch food was available for me,
Thankful that Kim Parks prepared an incredible lunch for us on Sunday,
And incredibly indebted to Kim, Emily, Michael, Pete Hertl, Rodney Uriarte, and Elise Sanderson helped lead four good Hancock Cave trips for the Symposium field trip participants.
Thanks to all the people who made this weekend’s trips such a success.