By Carrie Scheick, Teen Naturalist Leader
The Delaware Nature Society Teen Naturalists have been out adventuring again! At the end of October, we headed up into Pennsylvania to explore Wind Cave and the Conestoga Trail. The cave is located about a half mile from the trailhead so we eagerly hiked this short distance, ready to explore the cave. Steve Rombach is one of the leaders of the Teen Naturalists, and being the only experienced caver in the group, went over safety rules and taught us about the 3-point rule, where you always need to have at least 3 points of contact between your body and the rocks. From narrow hallways and turns, to places to duck under and crawl through, Wind Cave presented us with a number of different challenges which kept the adventure exciting.
My personal favorite part of the cave was an area where you had to brace yourself between the rocks with your back up against one and your feet against the other. We had to shuffle ourselves over to the other side while holding ourselves up about 8 feet in the air.
After caving, we hiked a bit further on the Conestoga Trail, a system of 63 total miles that partially runs along the susquehanna River. We hiked along the river up to a rock outcrop called House Rock and spent some time enjoying the view. The autumn colors and view of the Susquehanna made for a beautiful hike.
If you know someone who is 13 to 17 years old who likes to study nature, be outside exploring, and making friends that do the same thing, tell them about the Delaware Nature Society’s Teen Naturalist group. Find information here about registering for the January through August season or call us at (302) 239-2334.