Underground Caving with a BBQ Lunch!

  • February 9, 2013 · 9:00 AM

To RSVP for this event please visit the TAG Website: www.tampaadventuregroup.com/calendar?eventId=60207

 

 


Caving
With BBQ Lunch


Event Access: TAG Members and Guests


Event difficulty Rating: 5 of 10 - Moderate
(Small caves, muddy floors, bugs, some hiking)

Physical Requirement Rating: of 5

Culture Shock Rating: of 5


Try something new, explore underground limestone caves right here in Florida. If you have never visited the caves with the Tampa Adventure Group you are missing out. Exploring underground caves is an exciting way to see another beautiful part of our planet. Take a break, get away from the city and try something new. BBQ lunch is included as well!

Whats Included

  • Exploring 3-4 caves including "Peace Cave"
  • Exploring various limestone sinkholes
  • BBQ lunch after caving: burger, chips, and bottled water
  • Emergency medical kit on hand
  • Free fun-filled pictures of you through the day
  • TAG staff guiding you throughout the event
  • TAG quality event guarantee!

 

About the Caves

More freshwater caves are found in Florida than anywhere else in the world. Beneath our feet, a complex network of underground channels and basins penetrates thousands of feet into the subsurface aquifer and conducts groundwater throughout the water-bearing limestone bedrock. Each day, these conduits transport more than eight billion gallons of fresh water to the surface at more than 600 natural springs throughout the state.

Springs are merely the surface portals to a limestone labyrinth that lies beneath. Over thousands of years, erosion from moving groundwater along joints and fractures in the bedrock has created a subsurface system of interconnected caverns and caves. The cave system conducts groundwater downward along a hydraulic gradient, when it intersects the surface, a spring forms.

Inside the spring, the walls of the maze-like cave system are sculpted into an unlimited variety of contoured geologic formations. The size and shape of the caves vary from vertical or horizontal cracks in the limestone, to immense chambers hundreds of feet in diameter. Within the limestone walls, ancient strata display a fossil record of millions of years of skeletal remains of sea creatures such as seabiscuits, crabs and whales. Thus, cave walls reveal Florida's ancient history beneath the sea.

Along the cave floor, confining beds of sand, clay, and silt are layered into a multicolored parfait of siliciclastic sediment. These deposits create an impermeable layer. Yet, water flow sculpts and molds the clay beds into an assortment of formations, from miniature dunes to enormous hills. Undisturbed, the clay banks appear as piles of fluffy powder until miniature cave creatures carve trails into the seemingly lifeless bottom.

 


Itinerary


9:00AM: Meet other TAG members at the parking lot at the side of the road. Look for the TAG staff in the green hat and TAG shirt.

Once everyone arrives we will begin the 1/2 mile hike into the woods toward the first cave. After exploring the tunnels and 1st cave we will move the second cave which is a deeper cave with more areas to explore. Once everyone has had a chance to explore the cave and the lower chambers we will move the final cave which is the largest of the three caves. The final cave also known as peace cave is a great way to see what a true Florida limestone cave looks like.

Exploring caves can work up an appetite so join us for a BBQ lunch after we hike the caves, included in this event!


BBQ Lunch Menu
Vegetarian options will be available

  • BBQ "Boulder" Burger or Cheeseburger
    • 100% beef patty
    • Lettuce
    • Tomato
    • Ketchup
    • Mustard
  • Assorted Chips
    • Potato
    • Doritos
    • Cheetos
  • Chilled bottled spring water
  • Sanitary hand-wipes



Event Cost


$10.00 per caver and includes a BBQ lunch, side, water!

Refund Policy - Please Read
Refunds will NOT be issued if you do not show!
Refunds will NOT be issued within 72 hours of the event!
Refunds will be issued if the event is canceled.

 

To RSVP for this event please visit the TAG Website: www.tampaadventuregroup.com/calendar?eventId=60207


What to Bring

  • Water/Sports Drink
  • Bug Spray
  • Clothes that can get muddy
  • A change of clothes to drive home in
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp
  • Camp chair/folding chair to sit in and eat lunch
  • Camera


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Directions and Maps
This is a rural location in the woods, your GPS may or may not know the location, please allow for extra time to find the parking lot.


Approximate Address

10522 S Lecanto Hwy
Lecanto FL 34461

We will meet at the dirt parking lot at the intersection of Trail 22 and 10522 S Lecanto hwy. Look for the group of cars and TAG members on the side of the road just North of Stage Coach Road.

Click here for Directions and Maps to the parking lot.


Contact TAG

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Toll Free:[masked]-TAG(824)

 

 

To RSVP for this event please visit the TAG Website: www.tampaadventuregroup.com/calendar?eventId=60207
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  • Liza

    I really wanted to go to this... Are there any more spots? Waiting List? Thank You!!!

    March 3, 2013

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    Are there spots open for this activity?

    February 6, 2013

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