DONALDSON-BRONSON CAVES SPRING MILL
|Large Room Inside Donaldson Cave Indaina|
Sunday morning we got up early to start off on going into two caves right on the property of Spring Mill State Park, Donaldson and Bronson caves . We show up to the office where they keep the boats for their tours into upper twin cave and check in with the staff. We continued down into the section where the two caves connect from the collapsed sink and to our left is upper twin and to our right is Bronson cave, or so I thought it was Bronson. We enter this cave and continue down the passage looking back at the nice waterfall next to the entrance.
|Entrance looking out from Lower Twin Cave Indiana|
We start swimming in this water and eventually come up to a sumped out plug where there are huge logs and lots of debris clogging up the low air space. We continue to search for a way around this and started to move the debris away from the cave and but this apparently did not work and there was too much debris in the way.
|inside Lower Twin Cave Indiana|
We were confused by this and decided to exit the cave and go to the Donaldson entrance where we knew the cave was open.
|Entrance to Donaldson Cave|
|Donaldson Cave from the inside out.|
Eventually we traversed the side wall and climbed around the waterfall to tie a handline for anyone else that needed to get to the top of the falls. I should have attempted to climb the falls as later we found out they were quite easy to climb out.
We continue on crossing over some funnel falls and fast moving water until we got to another swimming section.
This cave was a lot of fun as we got to swim upstream and around until we got to a walking stream passage that was mainly upright walking. After w awhile we finally made it to the large borehole room of Donaldson Cave, This room was huge!!! Prob the biggest room I have ever seen in Indiana and one of the biggest I have seen in the Midwest. I was pleasantly surprised to see all this water fun, large rooms, and fast walk and swimming passages. Lots of fun.
|Large Room inside Donaldson Cave Indiana|
We continue on upstream where at times we were swimming and at other times we were walking in stream passage.
|Large Room Inside Donaldson Cave Indiana|