Kickapoo at first sight

Submitted by Andy Gluesenkamp

Editor’s note:  Reptiles may be cold-blooded but that doesn't mean the people who study them are. Texas Parks and Wildlife Herpetologist Andy Gluesenkamp shared this:

I was part of a group of cavers from around the state who volunteered to assist Texas Parks and Wildlife with cave and karst surveys at the soon-to-be-opened Kickapoo Caverns State Park. We worked hard all day and enjoyed a relaxing evening that included harmonica playing and a tour of the big cave.

The Aggie contingent included a young woman whom I very much wanted to get to know. Unfortunately, I was too tongue-tied to approach her. I caught a glimpse of her chatting with park staff the next morning as my group was leaving and I remember thinking to myself, "Darn! If only I had mustered up the courage to talk to her. Now it is too late and I will never see her again."

As luck would have it, she came with a friend to a caving meeting the very next Wednesday. I pulled her friend aside during post-meeting burgers and told him “Dude, I think I’m in love with your girlfriend.”  He said she wasn’t his girlfriend.  I didn’t hear anything else he said after that.

Fast forward seven years and we are happily married with two children. We still go caving. In fact, for her birthday we made a trip through the longest cave in the state (located on private land).

I will always remember Kickapoo Caverns as the place where I fell in love at first sight.

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