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...! (Pre-)Summer-Solstice Cave / BBQ Party !...
 
...! (Pre-)Summer-Solstice Cave / BBQ Party !... Picture
Saturday, June 20th, 2020 @ 17:30
Vallorbe >, Lausanne
 
(Pre-)Summer-Solstice Cave / BBQ Party

Limited to 50 ppl.
...All info below...
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Saturday, 20th June 2020
Meeting point & start: 17h30-18h00 (arrive in daylight)
end: 24h00-01h00 (or even later)
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Hallowe'en has been cancelled these past two years due to i - sleet, snow & ice (2018) & ii - a non-stop week of rain beforehand (2019).

Taking no chances now, so calling all Fairy queens, Elf kings, Gnome warriors and Nymphs! Come and enjoy the (pre-)summer solstice in the not-so-well known 'Fairy Caves' in the 'Grottes de Vallorbe' area. Another chance to explore, dance & eat.

Fancy-dress: fairy / elf / gnome / nymph costumes = a bonus. Not obligatory, but shows willing!

From the car park / meeting point, we follow the route / pathway that starts with an easy stroll along the river Orbe towards the touristy Grottes, but before getting there, we turn off to the right, go over a bridge, pick up some branches for our fire and follow the path going up, up, up through the woods.

No specialized equipment is needed (although for the caves, smthg on your head is a good idea) & you'll stay 'dry' even if it starts raining outside, but remember, the caves can be a bit damp in places & slippery, even in summer!!!

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CAVE EXPLORATION: You don't need to go in, as most of the fun is by the entrance, but if you do, you'll need to wear warm clothes that you don't mind getting a bit dirty… and come with headlamps or torches!

> Cave 1 ... About 120m long, there is NO crouching or squeezing through the main passageway here, as you can stand up straight and simply walk through. There'll even be music, lights & dancing here at some point during the night.

> Cave 1-bis ... An optional passageway that involves crouching down through a 3m section that takes you back to the main part. Upon request, we can even show you the trap door (see 'Fairy Caves w kids' activity pics 2015).

> Cave 2 ... Starts with a 3m easy-squeeze before you can stand again. The first part is about 50m long and then, after a real squeeze (you can stop a few feet in & come back) the cave goes on for a few kilometres(!), where those adventurous need to crouch most of the time ... and we don't know where it ends, yet!

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TRAVELLING: Public transport is not an option. Carpool by using the 'talk' section below.

RDVZ: 17h30 in the free, large carpark (Rte. de la Raz), 200m away from the 'Restaurant de la Source' (when coming from the town of Vallorbe or down from 'Le Pont').

LEAVING the carpark at 18h00 (in plenty of daylight to find our way).

DINNER: BBQ... Bring what you like to cook on the open 'camp' fire (you'll need metallic bbq skewers & plates), drinks (remember your cups).
YES: to food to share (wine / bread / salads / sauces / gratin dauphinois).
NO: to endless supplies of crisps / chips.

REMEMBER ...We will need to find some dry-ish wood while walking up (to light a fire to cook on). The more we have, the longer the fire burns.

For previous activity pics of the caves themselves, go to the 'Photos' tab and type 'Fairy Caves' or ‘Hallowe’en’.

More info to those in the loop.
Cheers. :o) JT.
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