BNRP and Takahik Groups Combine for Lost Valley Hike in November 2014

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BNRP members and Takahik River Valley hikers in Russellville combined for a joint adventure in Lost Valley on November 8.  The two groups met at the historic Boxley grist mill for a tour led by Buffalo National River ranger, Linda Bishop.  This was the first time many of the 63 who attended had the opportunity to tour the Mill.  The Mill is typically open only on weekends in October so we appreciate the special attention by Linda for the group.  After the tour, the group convened at Lost Valley pavilion for lunch and to begin the hike up the trail to Eden Falls Cave.  Ranger Chester Beck met the group and gave a short presentation on cave safety.  Eden Falls Cave is one of few open within Buffalo National River—most caves are closed due to White Nose Syndrome, a fungal infection in bats.  On the trail, Ranger Chester pointed out many of the geological features leading up to the cave.  Once there, the cavers suited up with helmets and headlamps for viewing the various aspects of the cave.  We appreciate the attention that Rangers Chester and Linda gave to the group.  Everyone left feeling as though they knew more about Lost Valley than they previously had.