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Members of Roubidoux Grotto - Karen Hood, Cailin Leahy, Roger Preston and Kelsie Johnson - pause at the mouth of Roubidoux Cave near
Waynesville. The massive cave, accessed by permission of the Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy, served as a dance hall during the 1930s.
gear in between expeditions with a bleach mixture to make
sure it's sterile before entering another cave. Whether your
interests lie in cleaning up Missouri's basement or photographing
a spiraling helictite formation, everyone fi nds
a different reason to enjoy their experience
underground.
" I really enjoy the sounds of the water coming
down the falls and rimstone dams, " Kelsie
says. " That's a neat experience in total darkness.
And the animals are big ones for me. How many
people are going to get to see these salamanders,
bats and isopods? "
While the group doesn't shy away from a dark
corner or a tight squeeze, new cavers are welcome
to contact Roubidoux Grotto and tag along on an outing.
The group has permission to access nearly two dozen
caves of all types and can accommodate almost anyone's
comfort level. Kelsie says for those with a curiosity about
caves, the biggest reason to take the plunge is the experience
itself.
" Not very many people get to go underground and
experience that, " she adds, " and whether it's the
recreation or the conservation aspect of it, or taking
photos - whatever it is you enjoy - we can always
suggest a really good cave for you. "
St. Robert
The NSS' Mississippi Valley Ozark Region
(MVOR) spring meeting is scheduled for April
16, 2022 in Waynesville. For more information
on Roubidoux Grotto, follow the caving group at
www.facebook.com/RoubidouxGrotto or contact
Kelsie Johnson at johnson.kelsie.r@gmail.com.
Left: A colony of endangered gray bats stirs as night and feeding time approach. Roubidoux Grotto members say local bat numbers are rebounding
after years of decline. Right: Although blind, the grotto salamander has adapted to an environment of total darkness.
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