Canceled September 4, 2010
Now knowing that we wanting to visit all of the 58 American National Parks, we took the opportunity during the Labor Day weekend to drive to Kentucky and enjoy Mammoth Cave. It was our 15th canceled park. Our lodging was inside the park and we saw deer outside our hotel each morning.
The cave was enormous in size. It is the world’s longest with about 400 miles already explored. It is twice as long as the second longest cave on Earth. Mammoth Cave was mainly formed with limestone rock and has five layers due to flooding. All this happened millions of years ago. The stone nibbled away by acid in the rainwater as well as the Green River which continues to carve route threw the land to this day.
We took two ranger led tours, one in the morning and one in the evening. The best sites for us were the bottomless pit and Frozen Niagara. There are many cave decorations found throughout the corridors and caverns. Amazingly, there is life inside of the cave. In a world under the Earth, completely quiet, dark and eerie, insects like cave crickets and spiders are hanging out on the rocks. Conversely, it was so gorgeous outside that we went for long afternoon hike. The countryside was so beautiful. We journeyed to The Green River.