As my daughter, Tara gets ready to go away to Messiah College later this month, I've been reflecting on many of the things that we've done together. One of my favorite memories is our trip to Howe Caverns.

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Taking the 15 floor elevator ride down and taking a boat ride in the second most visited natural attraction (behind Niagara Falls) in New York. The story behind the discovery of Howe Caverns is fascinating and people come from ALL OVER THE WORLD to visit.

It is a wonderful place to visit but not enough people are respecting this natural wonder of the world in our backyard. Because of the disrespect for Howe Caverns, they have removed the picnic area.

Trash Left Behind At Howe Caverns

Howe Caverns
Howe Caverns

The last straw was on Tuesday, August 8th, when yet another group left food, paper, and garbage EVERYWHERE in their picnic area. After a long day of entertaining, instead of going home to their families for food and rest, they are cleaning the mess that others have left.

It took an hour and a half and it wasn't the first time that it's happened. The really sad part is that there were trash cans only 10 feet away and they were empty. Because of the irresponsibility of a few, every one will now pay the price.

The picnic area is gone and groups will no longer be allowed to bring ANY outside food onto the property. Food will have to be purchased in their cafe and eaten in the designated dining areas ONLY. The lack of respect for their property is UNACCEPTABLE and I don't blame them for taking this action.

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