Luminary Series – Holes are Fun

While visiting relatives in Kentucky as a 13-year-old youngster, Bill Balfour—plus his dad and his uncle—drove over to Mammoth Cave. Balfour was particularly fascinated by the Rotunda and begged the adults for another commercial tour. But, having had enough fun for one day, Bill’s father allowed his boy to go on another guided trip that same afternoon, while dad waited outside. Bill was entranced and soon bought each book about caves that he could find. He also lobbied for stops at any show caves that the family passed during their assorted travels.

Luminary Series – Looking for Dye in all the Wrong Places

After graduation from high school in Fairmont, West Virginia, Bill Jones and a buddy set out on a much-anticipated road trip. The boys enjoyed a stop at Seneca Rocks and noticed a place on their map with the curious name Sinks of Gandy. They decided to check it out. Bill was mesmerized by a hillside that simply swallowed up a big surface stream. Two weeks later the guys were back with carbide lamp and helmet, and Jones began his career as a cave explorer.