On a cool Friday in 1972, John Wallace looked at a four-person plane at Charlie Brown Airport to Atlanta, Tennessee. János's plan, wife Youlanda and their children, Paul and Erika, and Art Smith and Jack Pace to travel to Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville, Tennessee, and rent a passenger for the weekend. My wife, Kathy, our six-year-old daughter, Deanna and John, went to Crossville Memorial Crossville Airport and we spent a tanning day the following day.
To get from the airport to caves to the southeast. Half of the group will fly and the other party will drive. This trip was quite nice on the interstate road, and we followed the state road to Crossville. After dark, we arrived and there were no lights at the airport. The airport is on the top of the mountain and we were a bit nervous about finding a place to get out. John's wife was there, but he was unable to contact the airport. Finally, John managed to radio someone and turned on the lights.
There was a large cabin in the park and we had a good night's rest after the next day's trip. We planned to visit the Devils Sink Hole with the family, and then four of us would discover the Grassy Cove Saltpeter Cave on the other side of the mountain. Kathy and Deanna spent a nice day around the park as we went to the cave. A few miles southeast of Crossville is the Grassy Cove, the depth between the two mountains, all of which must have a great natural lake. Rainwater flows into the cove to the north and leads down to Devil's Sink Hole, south of the bay and above the mountain. This long hill contains many caves and a large stream that is completely under construction. The Grassy Cove Saltpeter Cave is well-known because dusty caves and dust masks are suitable for avoiding histoplasmosis, frequent lung diseases in dusty caves and chicken houses. I came down to a later case and could have been very good from this cave. The doctor wanted to know if I was looking for the chicken house.
We entered the cave and argued about discovering the west land routes or the waterfall at the east end of the cave. Several caves were reported during the waterfall. The ropes would be needed and we were not ready for that. The rain in the water seemed too good to pass, so we decided to go through the trench and under the water.
The gap is a short drop that can climb the Drop. We decided to use the rope to drop it. We continued the waterfall room and were looking for easy driving. John looked at the north side of the corridor behind a large rock when he noticed the air blowing from the cliff. We are all excited and we started to help the simple digging. Less than an hour there was a small hole that seemed to open. I tried to choose, I do not know why I was first, but I was grateful. First, I went to my feet in the hole to remove the hard hat to pull it. In the lower part there was a low sphere, which was approx. 50 feet high to northeast, then a ca. 5 feet long, 5 m slope on a large, sloping sloping place. I'm studying the floor and I could not figure out anything. I sat there and encouraged the others to come down. We found something big.
I felt Neil Armstrong on the moon when I took the first step to the under floor and left the first footprint where nobody stepped in. The sludge had a black coat on top, and when he raised his leg, a very transparent orange trace ca. It was a strange thing to go into the huge room and look back at the lonely footprints that soon turned into a well-worn path.
We examined the thousand feet long sixty feet wide and thirty feet of high passage for the remainder of the day, shapes around the western wall, crystallized flowers on the floor while the ceiling approached its end. We followed a little breakdown into a much smaller room in the end and we could not find a way to continue.
We were all very excited about our new discovery and we planned to return to the next month for the new phase. We returned on April 22, 1972, on Saturday, with my wife's cousin, Bill Meier, and explored the 18 March discovery. I worked at Eastman Kodak Rt and got the latest home cameras. I've tried a new model that has very low light to take movies in the cave. The Coleman Lamp is set to light source and shutter speed slowly to set as much light as possible. These shorts can be viewed on the crawler site.
When Jack Pace moved to Nashville, he told the caving group about the discovery. Three years later, in 1975, a group of Nashville caves pushed the end of the Georgian room and discovered the Nashville Extension, a corridor that extended the cave far below the mountain. That's why we look for caves to see what's in there. Since the middle of 2013, the largest salon in the Grassy Cove Saltpeter Cave has no name. Since I was the first person to stand on my feet, I'm glad to name the sixty foot wide and a thousand feet long, the "Georgian room" average thirty feet high.
Grassy Cove Saltpeter Cave Occupies the eleventh place in Tennessee for the longest cave. I would like to believe that we have made the caves of the future easier to discover the cave mile that followed this great cave. In the following years, great discoveries were made, and at the end of the 70s, Smoky Mountain Grotto closed the small hole with concrete slab labeled "SMG"
1 Blue Spring Cave 33 miles
2 Cumberland Caves 27 miles
3 Xanadu Cave System 23 Miles
4 Rumbling Falls Cave 15 Miles
5 Nunley Mountain Cave System 15 Miles
6 Big Bone Cave 15 Miles
9 cave cavern 9 miles
8 rice caves 9 miles
9 Cuyler Cave 8 miles
10 Dunbar Cave 8 miles
11 Fishing Cave 8 Miles
12 Wolf River 7 miles
13 Haws Cave 7 miles
14 Zarathustra 7 Miles
15 Camp Cave Cave 6 Mileage This was the first great discovery that I was also involved, and I'm more excited about caving than eve R and the challenge is not just crawling caves, but documenting it with maps, pictures, movies and articles