I am hurt you forgot me!! I certainly bitched about it enough here about how much grottos up there suck!NZcaver wrote:Now that I think about it, you're not the first person to mention problems finding active/accessible grottos in Michigan. Where are you located? A couple of years ago another newbie Michigan caver ended up connecting with St Joseph Valley Grotto in Elkhart Indiana and had a good time with that.
Oh and I just thought of another place - Port Huron is closer over to Canada, there is a caving group in Toronto that is quite active, I will send you their infomation as well. They don't have huge caves over there but it's something and a bit closer for a weekend, and they do trips to richer cave-regions of Ontario. Again they are super friendly and all I had to do was email them and got more trip offers for the weekend I was going to be out that way than I knew what to do with.
Another thing to keep in mind is this: The gas that you spend in driving from PH to southern IN or KY is likely going to end up being the same as if you drove to DTW and flew down here to TAG, and it's a lot quicker (1.5 hr flight, direct flights DTW to ATL for about $150 round trip is easily found). I'm in Huntsville which is too far to pick you up (sorry, or I'd offer!) but if you ever wanted to come down to Huntsville I'll take you to awesome stuff down here. The majority of my caving was racking up airline miles, flying to TAG and being picked up by cavers here, and then staying with them and caving for a long weekend. Same (or cheaper) cost, bigger and way more caves, shorter time in travel.