We arrived at the National Park at 10, or so we thought. We didn't realize we were now in the Central Time Zone so it was only 9. We signed up for the 10 AM Domes and Dripstones 2 hour tour of the Cave which only cost $15.00. It would have been $30.00 but sometimes it pays to be old and have the National Parks Pass. We had time to go to the Park Gift Shop and purchase the National Park Pin which we get everytime we are fortunate to be in a National Park. Ken also stamped his Passport Book. Wow, we are living large!!!!!
Mammoth Cave is named for the enormity of its "mammoth" subterranean vaults and the unparalleled extent of its passages. It is the longest known cave system in the world with more than 400 miles surveyed to date! We really did enjoy the cave tour which was very different from the one at Carlsbad Caverns. That one offers very large open "rooms" with many different and unique formations and the openness of the space was breathtaking. Mammoth Cave's man-made entrance had you go down 280 metal steps via a very narrow and winding pathway which is what I expect when touring a cave! (Not the steps, but a winding and narrow path where you have to "duck" and go around protruding rocks.
|After getting off the bus, you went down these stairs.....|
|...to the man-made entrance and bingo, you were in the|
The Frozen Niagara area was the highlight of the tour.
|It does look like Niagara Falls!|
|We walked down the stairs to this area and then back up to|
where we started!
|The tour was complete and then it was back out to the hot, sunny day!|
It was 53 degrees in the cave, so quite a change!
We decided to find a local eatery for lunch and stopped at Bucky Bees Barbeque in Cave City. What a delightful place with very good food and an extremely friendly staff. We even had a large cup of ice cream for $1.00. Then on to Wal-Mart for a few groceries before returning to Waldo at 3:30 EST.
Ken and I worked together to make a few more reservations for Santa Fe and Taos and the Mesa Verde area. It always seems to take longer than anticipated! So glad that is done!
Ken disconnected the sewer and water in preparation for tomorrow morning's early departure. We have a lot of miles to cover to get to Columbia, Missouri!
We watched some TV and I worked on the blog.