Monday, May 25, 2009

Really, really big!

Today we took the kids and Mirian's friend Esmeralda to Mammoth Cave, in Cave City, Kentucky near Bowling Green. I always feel so good about seeing "local" sites, especially since the Bluegrass is so rich in beauty and natural wonders. It was amazing how many international visitors were at the park since there's not always a lot of diversity here, but it was great to see and a good reminder how special it is to have a National Park and World Heritage Site within a few hour's drive.
I don't want to bore you with lots of facts, as it's truly something you need to experience for yourself. Just a few highlights- Mammoth Cave is the largest cave in the entire world, with 365 MILES of mapped trails and even more being added every year! In addition to humongous rooms, there are some stunning formations and a great variety of tours for all ages and levels (we did a 2-hour "New Entrance" tour and saw a little of everything while inside.)
I hope you enjoy the pictures- the first few were taken while dropping down over 250 steps through an amazing pit that went straight down! I can't say enough about the Mammoth Cave experience, and I look forward to visiting again this summer with friends to take the horses trail-riding, since the above-ground beauty is also quite nice!
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