Skip to comments.Deep hobby: Farmington spelunker owns 40 miles of caves
Posted on 11/15/2013 5:12:28 AM PST by TurboZamboni
John Ackerman is a big-time landlord of subterranean real estate.
Ackerman, 59, owns Spring Valley Caverns, the largest private cave in Minnesota but just the beginning of his underground empire, which he calls the Minnesota Cave Preserve. He holds the keys to more than 40 miles of caves hidden beneath the rolling farm fields of Minnesota and Iowa and is always seeking more.
"I think it's just to be able to be the first human being to introduce light into the inky blackness of just unknown chambers that may go for miles," he said of his motivation. "And then later, it's to protect them so that they're available for scientific research. That's what keeps me going. That's the adrenaline rush, is 'What's around the next corner?'
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He’s more man AND more crazy than I’ll ever be.
I think caves are cool. We don’t have any in Michigan largely due to the glaciers that covered the state.
Wine storage opportunity.