Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mammoth Cave- Historic Cave Tour

The first cave tour of the weekend was the Historic Tour.
It takes you through the large dry passage ways that Mammoth is known for. It also includes many of the parts Stephen Bishop led groups through in 1840s and some of his discoveries. Like The Bottomless Pit, Fat Man's Misery and Mammoth Dome. Places we learned about reading the book, Journey to the Bottomless Pit.
Many parts of the tour were wide open. If there was something close enough to focus on, we could get a good shot. In most areas the lighting did not allow for good photographs.

Others parts had low clearance.

Some parts were narrow.

And there were many, many stairs. This area was beautiful though so you could stop often and look around.

Little girl, helping grandma through the cave.

With all the little nooks and crannies, it's easy to see how this cave has miles of passages. 365 miles. Currently the longest in the world with more still being discovered.

Heading out the natural cave opening. Very beautiful. You can see the water falling.

Our group (mom was taking the picture) at the end of the tour. The baby was crashed out the last 20 minutes or so. I had forgotten how heavy a sleeping baby can be.

The cave tour was great. An awesome beginning to an awesome day!
More of our adventures to come...

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