Quest for
Wildcat Cave
    After finding a note about a place called the Wildcat Cave Access on an old map, we matched some GPS coordinates with it and headed out to find it Saturday (June 30). The park was easy enough to find, but it was large with a number of trails and no clear signs other than the one at the trailhead.

   We meandered along a trail through the woodland above the Iowa River for almost an hour before finally deciding to descend the cliffs and take a peek below.
   The topography and the numerous fist-sized holes in the rocks told us this was cave country. Raspberries, bugs and sweat were abundant in the park, but the cave remained elusive. There were plenty of interesting crevices, trees and formations on which to boulder around --- hundreds of places to explore and thousands of ways to get hurt.

  Finally, we followed the river upstream and then ducked down a deep canyon, partly because it was interesting but mainly because it was cool.
   Just as we were about to give up searching for the cave (and shortly after passing the fuselage of an old school bus that somehow ended up on the cliffs), Katinka noticed a strong pocket of cold air. She looked over her right shoulder and noticed the cave halfway up the cliff.

   We scrambled up the wall and into the mouth. Wulfgar sparked his flashlight and belly crawled down the stem. It only went about 25 feet or so before getting too tight, but it had some moisture and there was living cave action going on back there. It was a nice place to sit back and relax.
   There are probably other cave entrances in the park, but we will have to go back some other time to look for them. The place is one of those topographical gems hidden between the agricultural sprawl that is the Midwest.

   Others interested in finding the Wildcat Cave Access can contact the Guild for directions. The Guild is also interested in hearing about other discoveries in the area.

 

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