The Corkscrew

The Corkscrew.

It’s a perpendicular scramble, built by boring a hole in solid rock about 350 feet deep and filling it full of boulders as big as Bedloe’s Island. We were assembled somewhere near the eternal fires when William the Guide said he would show us the Corkscrew. We thought we knew William, and trusted him, but he abused our confidence. First, a long and perpendicular ladder. Then we were turned loose at the bottom of the great well, and dug our way out through 350 feet of boulders, always upwards towards the surface, each following the the other’s heels until twisted out of all shape and semblance of humanity, we gathered as mournful wrecks in the vast amphitheatre or lobby of the cave, and when at last the guide unbarred the prison gate of the cavern, and we saw the glorious sunlight and bathed in the limpid stream which flows in the wild wood near by, we were glad we were alive.


1890. Anonymous. 1890. Mammoth Cave, Ky. (p. 100). Dietetic and Hygienic Gazette, Volume 6, Issue 5 . Published by Gazette Publishing Company, 1890. [Amusing description of a trip through the Corkscrew with William Garvin]

About Edward Forrest Frank

My name is Edward Frank. By training I am a geologist with published research on caves found in the United States, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. I am the webmaster, BBS administrator, and run the Facebook Page for the Native Tree Society and am involved with tree research with the group. I am the author, or coauthor, of a number of tree related articles and publications available for download from the NTS website and NTS BBS. I edit the monthly magazine for the group - eNTS Magazine. I write science fiction and fantasy stories reflecting a lifelong love of the genres. Most recently I published a fantasy role playing game Knarf 4, available through Amazon Kindle. I have an extensive science fiction and fantasy library and have long enjoyed table top role-playing games. Not satisfied with commercially available games, I started creating my own game variations in the mid 1980's. Knarf 4 is latest version best version of those games. I also write non-fiction. I currently am working on a book on "The Old-Growth Forests of Cook Forest State Park, PA" targeting older children and teens. I am suave, sophisticated, funny, kind, considerate, thoughtful, brilliant, devilishly handsome, and above all modest.
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