exercise is a celebration...a celebration of the outdoors, recreation, adventure, and the satisfaction in one's ability
to work effectively with others during challenge. It is designed to test the ability of you and your group to cooperate, problem-solve,
lend a hand, and succeed during adversity.
The exercise is also a celebration of the people and the way of life that
existed in Cades Cave before the area become the magnificent National Park that we enjoy today. These people were (and a very
few still are) ordinary people doing the ordinary life things and occasionally accomplishing extra-ordinary even heroic acts
Although the detective scenario is artificial, the stories that this exercise is based around are true and
published circumstances of the lives of the people of The Cove. There is no attempt or intention to deride or discredit their
memories or in any way to disparage the descendents of the persons presented herein.
In fact, this exercise is an attempt
to honor and respect the people of The Cove, especially for their sacrifice of home and land for our present day indulgence...to
make known and to preserve the memories, births & deaths, loves & feuds, weddings, work, worship, schooling, hopes
and dreams of a time and people now gone.