and walkway above the
stream. This 2500 foot long wooden walkway must be a regional marvel of
wooden engineering, with its wooden pillars supporting the structure as
it winds through extremely beautiful, well-decorated, and untouched
cave rooms up the big stream passage.
Our tour group was small – just three visitors, plus a cheery young
guide; and the trailer a local man who helped dig and build this new
tourist attraction. I was sweaty with apprehension as they each reacted
grim negative ways to my being from New York State, but we
ended up having a fine time chatting as we walked along this beautiful
suspended bridge to its present end-point – it will continue, and it
will branch in two, the main route along the stream continuing and the
side-walkway headed into a low-ceilinged highly decorated upper level.
The guide spoke with airy mouthings about cave conservation (it was a
great big green point that each piece of wood was sawn outside the cave
and then carried in, as opposed to being sawn inside the cave).
However, my overall awe and delight at the beauty and majesty of the
cave was somewhat distracted by wondering this:
With the advice of cave experts from WKU and the nearby example of
Mammoth Cave, where great effort is being expended to remove all wood
and to replace it with non-biodegrading materials for walkways, due to
the negative impacts of decaying wood on cave biota and water quality,
the Cub Run Cave owners decided to use new, resinous, rapidly
biodegrading, highly impactful