• Colin

Eleven Pipers Piping (Inside Mammoth Cave)

Our 11th adventure of the year was to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. This was a last minute trip and we honestly didn’t expect much. The trip was one of the best surprises of the year!

Our first stop was to one of the newest NPS sites, Camp Nelson NM.

We were lucky enough to stay with Kayla’s aunt and uncle our first night, and they were the most amazing hosts!

On our way to the park the next day, we visited a two-site unit. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHP includes his original memorial and the farm of his boyhood home. Both were really interesting and we learned that the Kentucky memorial was erected 11 years before the one in DC.

Our day in the park was amazing! We went on two very different tours and learned so

much. Our first tour, along with the majority of the 400+ miles of cave itself, was much different than the typical cave idea. It was huge and wide open. The picture below is in the Rotunda, and much of this ancient river of a cave is similar to this.

Although most of the cave IS pretty ‘mammoth’, there are still some pretty tight spaces. This is us going through the appropriately titled “Fat Man’s Misery”.

Mammoth Cave was an amazing experience. It was so much more than we had imagined. We are even extremely excited to return and check out some more of the unique tours.


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