We’ve driven into Fall.
Colors are changing and the temperatures are getting cooler.
Today, we headed north to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. After practicing piano in the RV, we drove for over an hour to get to the park.
Once there, I got my Jr. Ranger badge, and we went on a cave tour guided by Ranger Michael. It was huge – the longest known cave system in the world. More than 400 miles have been explored. We hiked 2 of them with a large group of 100+ other people.
We went through the narrow “Fat Man’s Misery”, and then the low ceiling’ed “Tall Man’s Misery,” before we went to the “Hall of Great Relief”.
We saw many big cave rooms, like Mammoth Dome.
We learned that during the War of 1812, the Americans would come and mine here for salt peter, a main ingredient in black gun powder, since the British were blockading them.
We also learned that the first known tour guide to Mammoth Cave was an enslaved black man, Stephen Bishop, who would lead tours with a lantern. He explored and mapped much of the cave system.
After coming out of the cave, we went over pads with Woolite to help clean off our shoes to try and help stop White Nose Syndrome, which was killing tons of bats.
Then, we ate dinner at the lodge where we got had excellent biscuits and cherry preserves, which Mom just had to get a jar of to take home for breakfast yogurt parfaits.
Then, we drove back to the RV park in Nashville, where we went to bed.
States Visited: (36+WA DC) CA, OR, WA, ID, CO, MT, WY, ND, SD, MN, WI, IL, IN, IA, NE, MI, OH, PA, NY, VT, NH, MA, ME, RI, CT, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, KY
Natl Parks Badges: (23) CA Redwood, OR Caves, WA Olympic, WY Yellowstone, ND Theodore Roosevelt, SD Mt Rushmore, SD Badlands, OH Cuyahoga, NY Niagara Falls, MA Boston Harbor Islands, MA Boston-Downtown, MA Boston-Charlestown. MA Minute Man, RI Roger Williams, NY Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, NY Statue of Liberty, PA Valley Forge, PA Independence, WA DC National Mall & Memorial, NC Guilford Courthouse, SC Congaree, GA Martin Luther King Jr, KY Mammoth Cave