Of course, the company was wonderful too. I always feel a little weird meeting blog friends in real life, but in every case, they have been as interesting, friendly, and engaging as I would expect from their online presence. Karen is no exception. 🙂 Thank you so much Karen for coming to meet us and sharing in our epic road trip.
After breakfast, we made a quick stop at the Apple store in Louisville for some lightning fast wifi and a quick laptop repair. Then we hit the road to Mammoth Cave National Park.
We took the Violet City Lantern tour, which was very cool.
Not a lot of stalactites and stalagmites on this tour, but it followed a pretty historic route by old saltpeter mining, a failed TB colony, traces of 1800s tourism, and remnants from prehistoric native Americans. All of this was by lantern light, which seemed perfectly in keeping with the stories and the dawn of the National Parks.
Later in the evening we sat in the outdoor amphitheater by a campfire and listened to the story of Floyd Collins who inadvertently put the area on the map when he was trapped in the cave he had hoped to open to tourism. The program was entertaining and informative.
Finally, the kids got to see fireflies for the first time as we walked back to our cabin, and we’re pretty sure we saw bats too, out looking for tasty bugs at dusk.
Our trip is nearing the end, and while I look forward to staying in one place for a while, and having consistent laundry facilities, we’ve been having a great time together, reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, exploring new places, and making surprising discoveries. I’m a little sad that the epic adventure will soon end.