Day 1 – Mammoth Cave NP

I didn’t follow my plan as well as I should have.  Because I wasn’t really tired, I ended up driving for nearly 10 solid hours to start off.  I finally pulled into a rest stop about 2 a.m. and slept for about two hours.  Then it was back on the road with a quick stop for breakfast.  Pulling the trailer, I’m keeping the speed down so the trip took a couple hours longer than I planned, better safe than sorry – plus it helps with the mileage!

After a little confusion regarding the time zone, I was able to take the Grand Avenue tour of Mammoth Cave.  This is one of the most extensive tours available, taking about 4 hours to cover approximately 4 miles underground.  This route includes scaling several underground “mountains”.  It’s a pretty amazing place – there are over 370 miles of cave in the network, but nobody really knows how much more might be connected.

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After the tour, I hit the campground and got situated.  It’s cooling off now and is pretty comfortable, it’s about 7 p.m., but it was around 90 when I got started a couple hours ago.  At 8 I’m heading over to the amphitheater for a ranger discussion of myths and legends surrounding the cave area – should be interesting.

Updated 6/10 – so I actually fell asleep and missed the presentation thing – it had been a very long day.