Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

For my second anniversary, my wife and I went to Mammoth Cave National Park.  Overall it was a good trip.  My only complaint relates to the HEAVY horse use this park gets…the horses destroy the trails at stream crossings and other wet spots.
I did have a nice post going for this, but the editor royally screwed it up and deleted EVERYTHING while I was trying to set the location of a picture.  Ugh.

We had a lot of fun.  On day 1, we visited Turnhole Bend for lunch and a bit of fishing.  I was unsuccessful in my fishing attempts with my ultralight fishing kit.  I think it was the wrong time of day.
The geological features here were fascinating.  Lots of sinkholes to check out.  The main cave system is on the other side of the river, but I’m certain this side of the river had some interesting underground stuff, too.
This was one of the bigger sinkholes.  Certainly big enough to swallow a car, huh?
Spring wildflowers were out in force during our trip.  Although there were not many directly adjacent to the trails.  I think the horses enjoyed eating them too much.
Our campsite for the first night was nice.  A spot out on a ridge with a nearby spring that made filling our bladders and bottles very convenient.  It also gave some soothing nighttime background sounds to drown out the other typical noises that tend to keep me awake (sticks and bugs falling out of trees, deer walking by, owls at 3am).
The wildlife was cool, too.  Some tiny stuff out in these woods.  This little ringneck snake was amazing. I’ve never seen a snake so tiny before!  I also found a dung beetle in some horse droppings…goes to show how heavy the horse traffic was out here.
Lovely picture, isn’t it?  That beetle’s just going to town in that pile, eh?  It would have been neat to get a shot of it with a poo ball…but that didn’t happen while I was watching.
We reached our second campsite with plenty of time left in the day to relax.  Our second site was next to a stream, which also gave some nice background music for us.
Ohhh, how nice it was to dip our feet in the cool water that afternoon.  That just felt wonderful.
On our last day, we had some time to goof around.  This was a pretty big tree with a pretty big cavity in it…so big my wife could fit inside!  I tried, but it was not so big for me.  It was a very uncomfortable, tight fit.
We finished our trip after this.  For the next couple of days, we did cave tours and stayed in a hotel.  I took some pictures, but they did not come out well enough for me to be posting them online.  However, we did have a wonderful time, and took one tour more than we had originally planned.  The history here is pretty fascinating.  Tourism wars, mineral extraction, some very cool stuff.

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