Early Sunday morning we loaded up and headed on our way to one of the longest family vacations we've taken. Daddy had taken off 2 weeks, and we planned on spending most of it on the road, traveling. First leg of the trip was 5 days of camping in Cave City, Kentucky. The Jellystone Park Campground was going to be a new experience for us, as it promised lots of activities for the boys, when we weren't in the nearby National Park. The main goal of this trip was to visit the Mammoth Cave National Park, and go "caving." We were all excited, and new, if it got too hot, we could just go down to the caves again. Excited and raring to go, we were all happy when the 8 hour trip ended and we could finally get our vacation started!
|we were treated to beautiful views of countryside along the way|
|Daddy keeping an eye on the hobos|
|Henry loved camping, especially hanging out under the dining fly watching everything going on!|
|One of the favorite things for everyone was the golf cart we rented. We spent many evenings just riding around. Henry especially enjoyed it!|
|Home sweet home for a week.|
The next morning dawned beautiful and we were all excited for our first trip down to the cave. Mammoth Cave has over 400 miles of explored caves, and geologists say there are even more down there. We were excited to explore too!
|The boys, waiting for the ranger|
|heading into one of the largest areas, called the rotunda. Salt peter was mined here during the wars and due to the environment in the cave, it was all preserved.|
|Cheese! We were all blind after this shot!|
|What's this? Oh yes. The 18 inch wide passage way you had to scooch through. Little B had no problem, the adults all had to shuffle!|
|Slaves used to act as guides in the cave, and for a fee, they would write your name on the ceiling in candle smoke. These were original.|
All to soon we returned to the Historic Entrance. Beautiful and stately, you could feel the cave breath. Exhaling in the summer, the cool (actually, kinda cold) breath was refreshing. We emerged and lenses fogged!
|Still bundled up from the cave|
Back at the campground, water wars were in full swing. The rec staff had all sorts of activities going on, like the giant slip and slide in the meadow behind the campground.
Then we headed to the pool for a bit..
Somewhere in here it rained. Again. But we got dinner cooked and hit the sack, as we had lots of plans again the next day.
We decided to head back to the National Park and do some hiking. Henry fell asleep in the van on the ride over, so, having timed it just right, Little B and I went to the Junior Ranger program. Quite fun, we learned more about the animals, geology and history of the park. We also learned about the Junior Ranger program that the parks offer, and got B started on his book, in order to earn the badge for Mammoth Cave.
|Look who woke up!|
|Where River Styx exits the caves, eventually meeting up with the Green River|
We decided to take a short cut (still laughing at this!) that switch backed up the side of the mountain.
|But finally we reached the top and were treated to this view. Heading to the Heritage Trail, we were in search of the grave of the most well known guide.|
|Having a little snack and rest|
|And we found it! Also buried in this cemetery were the tuberculosis patients that actually stayed in a hospital in the cave. It was a failed experiment.|
|The railroad that took visitors from Cave City to the cave.|
|Henry and I enjoyed the swings, waiting for them to return.|
|See the couple in the truck? Yep, super soakers ambush!|
|There are so many photos of me when I was little, in diapers or underwear camping. I always complained to mom.|
Now I understand! Easier to clean skin than clothes!