Sept. 21 – Spelunking in Kentucky

Today, we spent the afternoon at Mammoth Cave National Park in central Kentucky. We found this park listed in our national parks passport and thought it would be fun to check out. We had no idea how immense the property would be!

Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world, with over 400 miles of explored area. The NPS offers several tour options, ranging from lighted tours to 6-hour crawling expeditions illuminated by headlamps. We opted for the Frozen Niagara tour, which is about an hour long. Unfortunately, the 2 PM slot sold out just after we arrived so we had to wait for an hour and a half for the next one.

A shuttle bus picked us up from the Visitors Center and brought us to the mouth of the cave. The Park Ranger leading the tour was pretty funny and shared a lot of cool info about the caves and surrounding area, We learned about stalagmites, stalactites, and pillars (the things people sleep on in Kentucky!). Frozen Niagara is the shortest and least strenuous tour but if you’re super tall or are uncomfortable is small spaces, you may want to think twice about going into the cave.

By the time we arrived back at Lady T, it was almost 5 PM, so we decided to stay at the Mammoth Cave Campground tonight. The campground has over 100 sites but there are only a couple with water and electric, so we are pretending we are at Walmart in the woods 🙂

Tomorrow, we’ll be up bright and early to visit Diamond Caverns, another cave within the park that’s supposed to be spectacular. Stay tuned for more spelunking fun!

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