From: Margo Moore, 1 May 2002
Please let all the cavers from Austin, San Antonio,
and elsewhere know how much I appreciate their support
over the last few weeks. First while Mike was in the
hospital and then after his death. I appreciated the
offers of places to stay while we were in San Antonio.
I wish that there had been more time to take them up
on their generous offers as I am sure that I would
have gotten to know more of Mike's friends.
I want everyone to know that Mike enjoyed caving
above all the other activities he had participated in over
the years. Caving and Mike just went together. Even
when he had stopped caving for a few years, he still
talked about it and you could see the gleam in his
eyes while he thought about it.
Caving has its risks, but I knew that he took the
proper precautions while he explored the various
caves. He could have still had an accident and been
hurt or killed, but I would never have tried to stop
him from doing what he really wanted to do. Just like
he would never stop me from horseback riding which
also has its own risks. You cannot live life without
risks, otherwise you are not living the life you were
given to the fullest. This is the philosophy that
Mike lived by and he adhered to it. Now I just have
to live up to his standards if I can.
I hope to see you all on Saturday. If you cannot
come, then take a moment on Saturday and think of
something Mike said that made you laugh, cry, get mad
(with him or someone else because he was good at
both), or caused you to think a different way about
something. I will be doing this a lot for a long