With our last few weeks in Kentucky winding down, Andy and I wanted to do as much of our Kentucky bucket list as we could! On the top of our list was visiting Mammoth Cave, the longest known cave system in the world. Since there were a few attractions near Cave City that we wanted to visit, we decided to make a mini-weekend trip out of it. It was a quick 28 hours, but a fun one!
Since my hometown is a little over an hour from Mammoth Cave, my elementary school took the students every year on the “Frozen Niagara” tour. Wanting both of us to experience something new on the trip, we opted for the Domes and Dripstones tour. It’s a moderate level tour, so I thought this would be a piece of cake. After all, I had been on at least 10 Mammoth Cave tours, but I was wrong!
At the very beginning of the tour, we walk down about 285 steps to get to the depths of the cave. I’m not sure if I’m more afraid of heights as I have grown up or if I just forgot about having to get to the belly of the cave, but those vertical shafts were terrifying! It didn’t help that I was terrified my engagement ring and wedding band would slip off my fingers, as the cave was cool enough to make my fingers shrink.
Once we made it down, the park rangers let everyone rest on benches while they told us about the history and science of the cave. I knew much of the history, but found it incredibly interesting! When Mammoth Cave was discovered in the 1800s, it was used as a tuberculosis hospital; you can even see the old hospital ruins on one of the tours!
At the end of the tour, we were able to take pictures with stalactites and stalagmites. Unfortunately, our photo didn’t turn out because I was using my DSLR and the amateur photographer didn’t realize that they would need to hold the camera still to prevent blurring because my shutter was slow to let as much light into the lens as possible! Blurry photos of Andy and me taken by strangers seem to be par for the course (as evidenced by his promotion ceremony photo.)
If you’re ever in Kentucky, I highly recommend checking out Mammoth Cave!
Have you ever been on a cave tour?