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What Thoughts I'd Have If I Were Alone In The Old Man Cave System

Updated on April 15, 2014

This natural bluff formation is called Old Man's Cave. It gets its name from the hermit Richard Rowe who lived most of his life in the large recess cave of the gorge. His family moved to the Ohio River Valley (circa) 1796 from the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee to build a trading post. Rowe and his two dogs traveled through Ohio along the Scioto River searching for game. On one of his trips up Salt Creek, he found the Hocking Region. Rowe lived out his life in the area and is buried underneath the ledge of the main recess cave. Earlier residents of the cave were two brothers, Nathaniel and Pat Rayon, who came to the area (circa) 1795. Both brothers are buried in or near the cave. Their cabin was later dismantled and relocated on the nearby Iles farm to be used as a tobacco drying house.

This is me. How are you?


If, for some reason, a blessing of God someone were to give me a million bucks, or an airline ticket and some great camping gear to keep me out of the elements, I should get to visit (the place in photos at top and bottom), I would probably be happy, confused, and amazed all at the same time.

At first, I might take a good long nap after getting my tent and camping gear assembled. Then out of curiosity I would take a carefully-planned stroll around this gorgeous area of our country. I might stop every so often and just soak-in the natural beauty that this place has for those who can appreciate it.

Then at dusk I would get my lawn chair that I brought to sit in, and think. Just think. No steaks over the fire. Just sit and think as darkness slowly overshadows the beautiful things that my eyes have beheld.

Now just what would I think about? This, my friends, is a very good question. So without evading the issue any longer, I want to share (what I might) think about while in this gorgeous place called the Old Man's Cave.

  • I wonder how my hubs are doing on HubPages?
  • Did I turn off my coffeemaker before I left home?
  • Is that dark shape behind that tree a Sasquatch?
  • I love listening to the dripping water on these rocks.
  • I love the rocks too, because if a storm comes up, I can leave my tent and get inside these caves.
  • Wonder if there were any avalanches here recently?
  • What is that in those woods? Ahhh, listen to me think. It was nothing.
  • A twig snapped. Did you . . .I forgot again. I am alone here.
  • I am getting hungry. What did I bring to eat?
  • Bologna? Lo-cal crackers?
  • Oh, this landscape makes me drowsy.
  • Huh? What? (Laughs) I nodded off there.
  • Why am I still sitting here in the dark?
  • I bet those eyes over there are laughing at me.
  • Eyes?
  • The brochure said there were no wild animals in here.
  • What time did I tell my wife to pick me up tomorrow?
  • Oh how I wish I had watched Survivorman.
  • Wonder if those weeds will kill me if I eat them?
  • How I would love to have a cellphone.
  • Wonder what my friends on HubPages are talking about?
  • It's getting pretty chilly --where's my fire?
  • Why didn't I bring some matches?
  • I am about to starve. I will take a bite of these . . .YUKKKKKK!
  • Bitterweeds!
  • Think I will retire for the night.
  • This has to be THE most-boring places I have ever been.


Ohhh, Pam?

Heyyyyyy, Paaaammmmm!

Ahhh, sun-up at last.

The Old Man Cave formations


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear sweet Faith Reaper,

      Thank you for being so humble and caring. I really appreciate you leaving me this and all of your comments.

      It is like I have known you for years. You are that warm and caring.

      Plus you are a sensational writer.

      Thanks again for all of your kind words.


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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kenneth, You better get heading to those caves this night due to these terrible storms (tornadoes) here in our state!!! Great hub ...head for the hills, I mean the caves! Seriously, hope you and your family are safe and stay safe through the night. God bless.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest Catgypy,

      Now that you mention it Neither would I. Unless I had an M-16 or .357 Magnum with me.

      Oh well. Wheww! I feel better at knowing I will never spend a night alone in this place although it is beautiful.

      Thank you for all of your sweet words.

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      4 years ago from the South

      Some interesting and funny questions! I wouldn't want to be would get scary!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Sheila,

      Thank you for your supportive comments.

      I appreciate how you feel about this place. But we may never know about camping at the Old Man Cave, but it was a lot of fun to dream.


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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Do you have a stuffed grizzly in the corner of your man cave? Well, unless you do, I may have to pull rank on you and call in the "Stuffed Bear Police," to write you a citation.

      But I see your point and definition of a cave.

      Thanks for your comment.


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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      You got a point. I would miss the air conditioning, and soft place to sleep. Thanks for opening my eyes.

      And thank you for commenting.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      I really like you and your comments. Wifi, I never thought of that. What a doofus I can be at times. I guess I was excited at the fantasy of spending just one night at this peaceful place.

      But, after dark, the nocturnal creatures come out and some of those are dangerous.

      So I need to do some more thinking about this trip.

      Thank you again, Bishop, for your sweet comments.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Ahh, the sound of birds chirping, water dripping over the rocks and no one to hassle you. And no one to talk to, so I would also need a photo of someone to "act" as if I were not alone.

      Does this sound senseless?

      See? I do need some "me time at this cave site.

      Thanks again for stopping by.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Jodah,

      Thanks for your nice comments. I woiuld love to try to stay the night at this place, but I would need a way to chase away the snakes that might invite themselves to my fire.

      And a powerful radio that I could call for help in case I needed 9-1-1, since a cell phone will not have service.

      Of course, food and water.

      I am ready. Anyone care to take me to this place and take notes?


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      4 years ago

      I don't think I'd get bored camping there. It looks like a very beautiful place I'd like to visit one of these days. I love the pictures you added. The last one is enough to explain how the place got it's name. Very cool!

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      4 years ago

      my man cave is my garage (bar, couch, grill, fridge...) but this looks peaceful also

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      4 years ago from USA

      No caves for me unless there,s air conditioning, wifi and a nice cushy bed. This was a good one.

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      4 years ago from USA

      I just want to be alone, and I think the only way possible for me to do that is by going to a Cave. Any cave, although this one looks amazing.

      Need wifi eventually. I think besides air, water, and food it is the only thing I'd rather not do without. This was fun to read and I like the thoughts you'd have if you were there. That's how my brain sounds when I meditate. :)

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      Brenda Thornlow 

      4 years ago from New York

      Looks absolutely beautiful. I would be the same way at first trying to soak up the nature and the quiet! I've never heard of this area until reading your hub. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I would love it. It looks beautiful and I enjoy solitude....well up to a point.


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