I been readin yer posts...you been doin right good!
My folks are from Tazewell VA...which is in the mountains here...and you can go cavin just bout anywheres. I used to go down 5 or 6 times a year...mostly durin the summer ghog huntin and I always went cavin as we call it. They are fun...but dangerous. We went in one...was climbin all over the steep jagged edges....and the 30 or so foot drop snuck up on us.
Nobody fell....but we knew to move slow and always keep the lights shining ahead. Enjoy but be careful...and by the way...missouri is right perty country too.