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There is also a cave listed as 'flower cave' due to the mineral deposits located there. Again google it and up it pops. I think some of the mineral are rare. Any geologist or cavers care to let us know a little more about what they saw inside?
Hush Hush is OK. We do not need to know where they are to find out more about them. So if any of you cavers want to talk about what you saw without letting us know where. Speak up.
In her book, "Beneath the Window", Patricia Wilson Clothier talks of a cave they referred to as "Alum Cave". Wonder if Alum Cave and Flower Cave are one and the same?
Sure sounds like it could still be found! Anybody know about this? Maybe if Viper goes exploring around Wade Mountain he can do some looking.
Darapskite occurs in Flower Cave, Big Bend National Park, Texas, as cave "flowers", crust, "hair", flowstone and stalactites.
The shallow cavern, backed with a white, powder-like wall of alum, sheltered us from the June wind.
"...we took my aunt to picnic at the head of Blue Creek. The Burnhams and Nails, plus Julia's cousins, Evelyn and Dorthy Burnam, rode with us past the tall columns of copper-colord layered rock, in strange pillars like twisted phantoms. Mother and Daddy trailed in the International with food and camping supplies. The adults stayed in the base camp of the moutain trail near Cedar Spring while the children climbed the side of Ward Mountain to the alum cave at the bottom of a tall bluff high above the camp. The shallow cavern, backed with a white, powder-like wall of alum, sheltered us from the June wind. From this place, I looked across the canyon to the mountains rimmed with layers of limestone, fading to a light blue in the distance."
Based upon the description in the first paragraph, there's no doubt they were headed up Blue Creek Canyon, a.k.a. Red Rock(s) Canyon. Cedar Spring is in Blue Creek Canyon, but it is a substantial distance from the mountain. It wouldn't be a casual hike for a child. Plus, the mountain itself isn't actually Ward Mtn, except in the most general sense. Ward Mtn proper is a few miles north of the head of Blue Creek. She says the cave sheltered her from the June wind. I think the wind blows mostly South-North & vice-versa. That means the cave would be facing West, yet she says she looked across the canyon to the mountains. If she means Blue Creek Canyon, then she would be looking Southwest or South, which means she wouldn't be very sheltered.Anyway, I'm pretty sure this cave could be located fairly easily. Come January of 2007, I'm gonna look for it as part of a hike from Blue Creek Ranch to Laguna Meadows. I intend to turn north at the base of the ridge that extends south from Ward Mtn. This is where the head of Blue Creek is. I'm going to bushwack to Ward Spring along the base of this ridge. Then I'm going to U-turn back to Blue Creek Canyon and continue into the Chisos and Laguna Meadow.This is pending ShaneA's approval, of course.
Hiking up Blue Creek in Nov '04 I spotted a cave, though it seemed rather difficult to reach. You would indeed be looking Southwest were you perched up in said cave and I think you'd have a spectacular view, though I didn't attempt to reach the cave itself. I suppose Ms. Clothier could be mistaken on the orientation of this cave, though who knows if what I saw is what she's referring too.
Around 1974 while walking from Laguna Meadow down through Blue Creek Canyon, my hiking buddy and I walked up to the cave that bdann described. It's on the north side of the canyon, and you can't miss it. I don't remember it being particularly hard to get to, but it was a long time ago and I was quite a bit younger. It sounds like the description of Alum Cave. It was shallow and the walls were black from fires, but there were definitely no cave formations.
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