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Paint Rock, Alabama
June 10, 2006



Kennamer Cave
12:59 pm

This weekend our friends Melanie and Walker came to visit us for the weekend and take us caving. When they were here two years ago, we caved together in Guffey Cave, and this year, Walker decided we were up for a challenge!! :) Kennamer Cave is unique for its 3 entrances to the cave. It is possible to go in one entrance, go through the whole cave, and exit on the other side! And that is exactly what what we did� :)

Notice how CLEAN we are in this picture!! :)



Kennamer Cave
1:00 pm

We began our journey with a short hike to the entrance�



Kennamer Cave
1:33 pm
Kennamer Cave
1:35 pm

We should've known what we were in for just by the entrance to this cave. Right off the bat you have to start on your belly and either crawl or roll to get in the cave. There is definitely not enough ceiling height to stand or even crawl!!



Kennamer Cave
2:18 pm
Kennamer Cave
2:19 pm

There weren't too many places in this cave where you could just stand and walk. It was mostly rolling, crawling and climbing. :)



Kennamer Cave
5:12 pm

After a LOT of crawling and climbing (notice the 3 hour time gap), we stopped here for a "lunch" break. What we didn't know is that it was really closer to dinnertime! :)



Kennamer Cave
5:22 pm
Kennamer Cave
5:23 pm
Kennamer Cave
5:24 pm

This was the cliff we climbed up to get to our lunch spot. Climbing this was honestly the most dangerous thing I think I've ever done. I was truly scared for a few minutes there!! After we ate and got some strength back, Walker was willing to climb all the way down, and then all the way back up AGAIN just for pictures!! :)



Kennamer Cave
5:31 pm

I'll do anything to get a good picture. :-D Luckily, Walker was very willing to oblige!! :)



Kennamer Cave
5:34 pm

To get from the cliff to the room where we ate lunch, we had to maneuver through this tiny little hole in the rocks.



Kennamer Cave
5:39 pm

This was a pretty cool formation in the room where we ate lunch.



Kennamer Cave
5:46 pm
Kennamer Cave
5:47 pm
Kennamer Cave
6:33 pm

More cool cave scenery� The picture on the right is supposed to be a waterfall. You could barely see it in real life (much like the picture), but you could definitely feel it!! :)


Kennamer Cave
7:22 pm
Kennamer Cave
7:23 pm

More rolling. :) This was one of many places in the cave where you had to get on your belly and either pull yourself along with your elbows or roll side to side to get through!! :)



Kennamer Cave
7:26 pm

Stopping for a snack :)



Kennamer Cave
8:26 pm

One more hard cliff we had to climb� Everyone else thought this was the worst one, because it was SO TIGHT. There was barely enough room to fit in, and once you did, you definitely couldn't move or turn around! I didn't mind this one too much though, because Kevin was at the bottom and Walker was at the top � Kevin pushed me up to Walker, and Walker pulled me up the rest of the way! *laugh* Very little effort on my part. :-P



Kennamer Cave
8:33 pm
Kennamer Cave
8:37 pm

Melanie and I decided to take a picture with the self-timer while we were waiting on Kevin. ;)



Kennamer Cave
9:10 pm

We were VERY GLAD to be done with that cliff!!! Here we again stopping for another snack. :)



Kennamer Cave
10:17 pm

One more hard climb� Very slippery and almost straight up!!! We're almost there!!



Kennamer Cave
10:55 pm

I see green!!!! I see green!!! We had to crawl through this teeny, tiny little hole, but it finally led us to the exit!!!



Kennamer Cave
10:59 pm

All in all, we caved about 9.5 hours, through 2 miles of cave, and up a 500 ft increase in elevation.



Kennamer Cave
11:00 pm
Kennamer Cave
11:01 pm

All that doesn't come without a price!! :) At the end, we were very, very dirty and very, very tired!! :) Unfortunately, we weren't quite done� We still had about a 45 minute hike down the mountain to our car... in the middle of the night!! :)

Maybe in another 2 years, we'll have recovered enough to go again. ;)



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