The “Secret River”

This past week, I was telling you about how it seems to me  that there is a distinct lack of “adventure” in America among the Millennials.

Sure, life’s hard, sorting out what gender and which of umpteen programming jobs they want.  But after the charts today and a few headlines, a real treat.  A buddy of mine who lived out in “them thar hills”  (and is another old man of the web) shares one of the most interesting tales of adventure you’ll ever here.  So, throw another log on the fire…

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7 thoughts on “The “Secret River””

  1. What a wonderful story today…..
    Years and years ago one of my many hats was belonging to a grotto.. one of our missions was to map a portion of the Mammoth cave complex.. it was so much fun.. When I was young I was that square peg trying to fit in the round hole.. when I joined the military I decided to try and fit in.. did the skydiving.. ( why would anyone jump out of a perfectly fine airplane is beyond me) skindiving.. ( heck some of those fish could inhale you) flying.. ( oh my what if the motors stopped) mountain climbing.. ( oh my god I am high up ) then spelunking.. wow…
    on one excursion we were going down for four days.. the first day down we set off for the second camp.. while we were there lights off getting ready to sleep someone said hey I can see everyone it was a wonder there was light in utter darkness.. it baffled us. the next morning one of the guys told us about his dream.. in it we would go explore a river dive a short distance and come up where we would find a huge angels wing.. beyond that a mountain of mud and beyond that a whirl pool.. everyone laughed.. as we went eerily we came to a small area in a water pool that we had to dive under.. then the angels wing.. and what we called mud Everest.. it was the ceiling what looked like what was holding it up was huge trees that reminded me of the redwood forest.. on the other side a whirlpools we dubbed the eye of the dragon.. it was amazing.. on the way back we discovered why we could see.. someone had left his carbide lamp at the first camp.. what wasn’t in the discription of the river of gold was there is one place that we had to crawl on that had small stalactites that looked like a bed of pearls..
    absolutely beautiful in every way.. oh what we were trying to do is find a connection east west north south..
    one place I had heard of and they were looking for members to go check out.. was there was supposedly a cave in Brazil that was discovered that had half of a statue in it and a cave in Europe that had the other half.. a chamber tablets in it and at that time metal discs .. anyway I still keep up with the grotto but no one ever did go on that trip seemed it was cancelled before it happened.
    A river of gold possible.. who knows.. some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen has been thousands of feet below ground level..
    the four domes area.. phew gorgeous.. one in the group had found an old rope tied the way it was done years ago.. was wondering if anyone knew anything about it.. I remembered that area.. years ago three of us checked out a chamber and couldn’t get our rope disconnected.. i don’t know if that was our rope but if it was then I sure wouldn’t’ trust it.. that was forty years ago.

  2. I admire that you were an explorer and still are .
    In my last lifetime I was an explorer in South America, I didn’t live but to my thirties because I came across a tribe that killed me.
    That’s why I’m a recluse and stay away from crowds of people.

    • Lol lol lol nope not an explorer at that time just a kid trying to find a place to fit in. After all these years I still keep in touch with the grotto they share their adventures with all of us. An odd group spelunking once a member your family for life.

  3. “did the skydiving.. (why would anyone jump out of a perfectly fine airplane is beyond me).”

    Today–but when I was ten I thought it was cool to have a mustache. My cousin suggested chicken poop under my nose. I never did, but I believed then that it might work. Good to have memories. ;-)

  4. Lobsang Rampa wrote in one of his books that there are caverns that go from North America to South America, and that ancient man walked them all. Also in “An Earth Dweller’s Return,” by Phylos the Thibetan, he speaks of his travels in the west to mid-west many thousands of years ago and his entrance into a cavern, and the further he went, he saw evidence that man was there earlier than him. The Rampa books and the Phylos books are worth reading, so this story does not surprise me. There is also a story free on the internet to read, that will test your patience, but it is all about a trip to the underworld via the cavern and endless lake systems called: “Editorpha,” Or The End of Earth by John Uri Lloyd. Another book that tries to compile all the stories is: “Visitors to the Inner Earth,” by Professor Solomon. It is a tongue in cheek kind of compilation, shortened for focus. (All the books or chronicles he mentions, some are free on the internet and in their original state, he does not print the whole book.) He has one Lobsang Rampa book in there but I don’t think it is the one that talks about the cave system in the USA. Of course, there are cave systems in Tibet as well as other places. These last two books are free to download on the internet.

  5. It would be a hoot to find out we’re mining and refining all that gold and then selling it to China. We sell something at top dollar that we know to be practically worthless (monetarily) and reap the rewards. That would also explain the secrecy around Fort Knox: they’re not trying to obfuscate a lack of gold but rather hide the fact there’s more than there’s supposed to be. Oh what a tangled web we weave.

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