So the next weekend you bring Johnny and Bobby and Joey down (the intern thought you were strange when you mentioned in the copy room that you ‘wanted to take her to a cave you knew about’, so now you’re the office weirdo), and you four have a great time down there. You purposefully didn’t invite Steve, because you don’t know him aswell and he might not be as much fun. Unfortunately, you forgot to tell your friendswhat Steve told you about keeping the place nice, and while you had your back turned Bobby decided to write his name on a wall over a piece of graffiti from the 1950’s,and Joey smashed up some old plates and tools in a corner that look like they werethere since Abraham Lincoln was in office. They were your friends though, and youdidn’t want to say anything to them afterward, so you kept quiet. But you’ve already decided next time you won’t take them along, and that will be that. At least Johnny was respectful, so you’ll go with him again. On the way out, you all forget the TacoBell wrappers and beer bottles you left behind, or worse you didn’t think anything of it because there were old bottles already all over the place. Next week you and Johnny go back down, and the place looks even worse than it did when you left. There’s trash everywhere, lots of spray paint on the walls, and the whole place smells like someone puked. When you sigh and tell Johnny what a shame it isthat someplace so nice went to hell, Johnny says he came down during the week witha bunch of other friends and they threw a party. He admits that it’s a mess, but it’ll bealright because his friend Timmy told him there are caves all over Minneapolis, and you guys can just find a new one and party there. He also invites you to the party next week that Bobby is throwing down there, and the one the next day that his friend Mikeis gonna have. Suddenly you realize maybe you can’t trust people quite as well as you first thought, and maybe you should have just stuck with Steve’s invite.
You may think this seems unlikely, but we’ve seen too many times to count, andwe’ve seen first hand what can happen when one person shows their friends, andthey show their friends, and they show theirs, all without passing along the threefoundation concepts to good exploring habits. Pretty soon, locations look nothinglike they did before, or vandalism becomes so rampant that there’s no reason to goback there because all of the original charm is gone… or worse, a cave gets sealedbecause too many people are going there too often, making too much noise ormaking the entrance really obvious! THE THREE FOUNDATION CONCEPTS
* You don’t know it, but it’s highly likely that any caves or drains you’ve already been* in in the metro area are accessible because of these concepts, and likely because of members in this community. No thanks required, but we do take donations. :)