#13 – Gaining Entrance to the Cave – 1982

Written by Russell Burrows:

My discovery was occupying one hundred percent of my mind. At the end of each day I carefully concealed my digging so that it wouldn’t be located by someone else, and I returned day after day, trying to figure a way of working that keystone out without taking a hammer and chisel to it.

After about five days without success I finally accomplished the task by working a very slender length of steel into a crack along the keystone. In so doing, I pushed another stone out of what later proved to be a notch in the stem on the back of the head. (Someone had to have been on the inside when the door was sealed.) Once this was done, the head slipped out and the rest of the doorway was removable stone by stone.

I had been so careful to cover my tracks each day I had worked there that by then I had the presence of mind to number those stones in the order that they were removed. As it was now clear that a cave was on the other side, once I had removed the stones I stored them on the inside for future replacement. I did not feel there was much chance of discovery, as I had been very careful not to use the same route each time I came to the cave. And I always took careful pains to see that I was not being followed.

After gaining entry by removing the seal, I was amazed that a cave could actually exist in this area. It is just not the kind of place in which a cave might be expected to be found. That is, there are no mountains here; rather, this cave seems to be a pressure dome. I am not insisting that the hill in which this cave is located is a pressure dome, but it appears that way. At any rate, my first entrance was through this portal and into a tunnel-like passage which has a drop-off of about three feet just inside of the portal.