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The Trickle - Caveman update

April 29, 2010 - Brian Ferry

Caves closed

This just in... Dugout Dick's caves will be closed, at least temporarily. The Caveman had been living in caves near Salmon, Idaho, on property owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). According to, BLM will assess the caves' potential human health and safety risk and inventory the natural, cultural and recreational resources to determine an appropriate use. In a 1990 agreement, BLM officials allowed Dugout Dick to stay in the caves he dug and lived in. With his death, the agreement was nullified. Three people who were renting from Dugout Dick at the time of his death will be "given a reasonable amount of time to find another place to live." What's reasonable? Who knows? How often does someone accustomed to living in a cave get evicted? Do they dig their own caves now? Will they gang up and dig one communal cave? Can they dig on BLM property? If they find an unoccupied cave can they use it? What are the property taxes like on dug caves? How long does it take to dig a cave? If I recall from the first story, Dugout Dick's caves could extend 60 feet. That'd take me a while and I wouldn't have a problem using powered excavating machinery or hiring a contractor to properly dig the cave. I'll bet Joy Mining Machinery (from Franklin) could dig a 60-foot cave in about two minutes. Do dug caves have to live up to zoning ordinances in Idaho? I wonder if Conewango Township has any special codes for cave dwelling.

Yes, I got this information from Adam again. And, as before, I got a recipe. This one sounds pretty good. For those of you opposed to alcohol, just skip over the line that reads 1 cup Jim Bean Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. I'll let you know when it's coming up and you can avert your eyes. Ingredients: 2 cups tomato ketchup; 1 cup brown sugar, packed; 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce; 2 teaspoons dry mustard; 1 cut Jim Bean Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (there it was, did you avert?); 4 tablespoons cider vinegar; 4 tablespoons soy sauce; 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper; dash liquid smoke to taste (optional).

Preparation - dump together (2-quart saucepan), bring to boil, stir occasionally, simmer uncovered 20 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Makes about 3 cups.


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