First Stop ~ Mammoth Cave, KY

8 hours after leaving our Indiana home spot, we pulled up to our very first RV spot on our journey, and settled in for the night.  We now live in Kentucky (for 5 days anyway)!

During our stay here we went to Mammoth Cave National Park and went on a couple amazing cave tours.  It was the kids first time in a cave, as well as mine... and it was really awesome!  I was a little disappointed that I wasn't allowed to take the time to use my tripod to get some long exposure shots, but I still managed to get some decent photos which I was able to work with in Photoshop.  But I'll go ahead and apologize for some of the dark and grainy photos I included in this post, and the random cell photos I also included. ;)

And of course, we got the traditional park sign photo:

On the way into the National Park, we couldn't believe how the deer just nonchalantly crossed the road in front of us or just continued eating while we drove by just feet away.  My guess is that most people that visit national parks actually care about wildlife and conservation and drive with animals in mind, and the deer have picked up on this.

While we waited for our tour to begin we got to explore the park's new visitor center building, it was very educational for the kids (homeschool plug) ;) ...




Simon's highlight was his first-ever-bus-ride to the cave entrance:

At first the kids were a little scared of the darkness during the decent, but we sandwiched them throughout and they grew comfortable with the experience...



Simon made everyone laugh when he said, "good thing I'm kid sized"!


We got to see some neat sea creature fossils embedded in the cave walls along the tour...

Here are just some really neat naturally occurring formations throughout the cave:










And the finale of our first tour, a bunch of giant spider-look-alike cave crickets over our heads...

Yesterday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) we went back to the park for another tour.  This time we did the grand historic entrance, and experienced one reason they call it "Mammoth" cave...

Here I am descending into the mouth of the cave (one of my favorite pictures on the trip so far) :)

Compared to the last cave we toured, this was ginormous!  

Yep, that's a lit up Christmas tree...

Here's our daughter (middle) showing the vastness of the cave walls...


And now Aaron's turn...



 It was a VERY cold day yesterday (something we will not miss when we head further South)!

This was the other highlight of the park for the kids (figures)... washing our shoes (to help prevent the spread of a disease that has killed 80% of the bats)... 



Now this was a memorable stop!  I highly recommend Mammoth Cave National Park to anyone who has not been!  We are excited to be moving on today to escape this frigid weather.  Next stop, Huntsville, Alabama!

January 19, 2016

2 comments:

  1. just as I remember...but the shoe washing station is new to me. we were there about ten years ago and it was muddy and we climbed a hill to see the Lorries...are they still there?

    So glad the children enjoyed it...caves can be scary!

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    1. I didn't see any lorries when we were there.

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