Old Bayless Inn and Dyer's Cave

4-5 Dec 2004

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Unloading at the Old Bayliss Inn
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George looks ready to go.
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Mrs Dixon showing Mr Hertsch the entrance to the limestone mine and cave. Where's the cave? Oh, THERE! Thanks.
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Mr Hertsch briefing his expedition.
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Mr Waisanen's expedition.
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On the path to the entrance.
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Mr Hertsch has found the entrance.
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Final briefing before Mr Hertsch takes his group into the cave.
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Bird's nest just in side the entrance. No Collin, this is NOT a bat's nest.
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Derrick indicating a resting bat.
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Pair of bats.
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Mr Moffatt indicating a cluster of bats. His look of disgust is for the flash, not the bats.
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Bryan and Derrick negotiating a narrow and steep descent.
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Having checked the map, we've made our decision and on we go.
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Bryan negotiating a crawl.
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At the poolside, Derrick indicating a small rock holding up a shelf.
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Time for a munch break. Notice the tarp to catch crumbs.
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The group decides to return. The way forward is a bit too small.
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The steep descent, now a steep ASCENT.
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The venture group, who'd been waiting outside, decide to return for more exploration. Bye guys. We'll give you an hour.
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David looks like he's found something.
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Paul checks David's progress.
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Hard to believe it, but those are the bottoms of David's shoes.
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And Paul seems incredulous.
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There's a helmet. Someone coming out?
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David, who's coming out now?
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Leo climbing down past David's portal.
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Paul's perch.
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Venture group returns.
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Is Mr Giltz checking out another entrance or is he practicing bouldering?
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Looks like the Scouts have found Paul's passage and Mr Giltz has found a place to sit.
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Time to leave the cave.
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Our host, Mr James Dixon, caver and owner of the Old Bayliss Inn.
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Philip, next to a demonstration of a one-pot meal/invention by Eagle Scout Cody, T1501's grubmaster of year's past.
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Speaking of Cody, here he is explaining how to cook food using a Nalgeen water bottle.
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Collin cooking up dinner.
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Scouts sill asleep from a hard day's effort and warming food. It's tough to get up when the fire is nice and toasty.
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Breakfast around the chuck box. Everyone is making their own dish of oatmeal, flavored to their personal preferenc.
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Our Scoutmaster, Mr Waisanen.
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Chris, looking a bit tired.
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Bryan, too.
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But Raul seems to be enjoying breakfast...or is this hot chocolate?
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In the Inn, the Scouts are chowing down. What's this? Someone seems to have forgotten this outing was to be a NO DISPOSABLES outing!!!
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Our service project, make a fire ring and collect firewood.
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Philip, George, and Raul making a pile of kindling.
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Kyle and Bryan bringing a VERY heavy rock up to the ring.
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James proceeds to make a downed tree into firewood.
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Doing a pretty good job, almost done.
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Time to load, almost time to go.
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Troop 1501, first visitors to (new) Old Bayliss Inn, 5-Dec-2004.
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Permission form
 We had an excellent outing the weekend of 4/5 December thanks to the hospitality of Mr and Mrs James Dixon. They loaned us the use and grounds of the Old Bayliss Inn and provided us maps and directions to an abonded limestone mine and to Dyer's Cave. Saturday night, Mr Dixon came for a visit and while the Scouts worked on the Cooking Merit Badge, he talked to the adults about other caving opportunities in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Such very nice people. We hope they have years of success with the Bayliss Inn. An excellent location for a future Bed and Breakfast with excellent access to several opportunities for adventures.

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