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Published on Jun 5, 2009
I was driving around, searching for the elusive Sinks of Gandy cave, which I knew was near Spruce Knob, but I just didn't know precisely where. As I drove deeper and deeper into the remote wilderness, I began to see fewer and fewer people and houses. There are only a couple buildings to be seen in this video, and even those have solar panels on poles standing in the back yard, a testament to the remoteness of the area.
At 6:20 in the video, I passed one of the few buildings that I saw in the area. Actually it looked like a barn pus a house, both of which appeared to be ffenced-in. Also, note in the video that at no time do you see any light poles or overhead power cables. The area apparently was far too remote and uinhabited to allow for power lines. The house I passed at 6:20 had a solar cell panel next to it.
At 6:50 into the video you'll see a lone wandering calf which had somehow managed to escape from one of the fenced-in fields which were on both sides of the road.
At 7:13 is an image of Yokum Knob, which is easily visible from the road. Other images are captured later on in the video, and is more clearly seen at 8:30.
And at 7:54 is a small pull-off to the right, which is a farm access road which leads to the entrance to the cave that runs under the road I was driving upon. The exit to the cave, as determined by the water flow going through the cave, is on the left side of the road, as determined by the direction of the car in the video. I stopped the car and got out to walk to this pull-off area, and the entrance to the cave is just beyond the gated area where I ended up standing at the end of the video.
If one were to continue driving on the same dirt road, in the same direction, about 1/4 mile up ahead the road makes an abrubpt 90 degree turn to the right. At that corner is another shaded pull-off area where one can park a car. That location is also about equidistant (in terms of waking distance) from both cave entrances.
Be sure to see my videos of both cave entrances, and other scenes I've recorded from this remote & beautiful part of West Virginia.
Unfortunately, the camera I had with me at the time wasn't capable of capturing the total beauty of the landscape. I had brought my back-up camera with me instead of my primary trusty Sony camera, and this back-up simply wasn't capable of handling all the intense sunlight, and the video quality in the video suffered as a result.