The Lost River

Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
Trip End Nov 14, 2012

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Monday, June 18, 2012

We had a trip to the Lost River Cave and Valley today. A short hike through the wooded valley, which was formed by massive cave collapse thousands of years ago, took us to the cave entrance.  We then had a short trip on a boat in the cave.  There isn't really much to see in the cave, the tour is really all about the history of the cave area, and our guide had a wealth of stories to share.

At the entrance to the cave there used to be a grist mill, but after several floods washed the  mill away they gave up.  In the 1930s an entrepreneur built a dance floor at the entrance to the cave, and locals and tourists flocked to the Cavern Nite Club, especially in the summer as the cave is a constant 57F.  During the Civil War the cave was used as a camp by both Union and Confederate soldiers.  And of course it is said that Jesse James and his gang hid out in the cave after robbing the bank at nearby Russellville, and managed to escape from the Sheriff waiting at the entrance for them to emerge.

We walked along the woodland trail to see the butterflies in the Butterfly House.  There were supposed to be several species but we mostly saw just Monarchs.  On the way to the Lost River Spring we saw the Blue Holes, so called because the water looks blue when the sun shines on it.

After all that exercise we headed back into town to the TrainPark where Cliff managed to find some train belt buckles - he has been looking for some ever since we arrived in the US.

By now it was getting very hot so we visited the Chaney Dairy Farm for some homemade ice cream - lovely!

Bowling Green is home to the Corvette - every Corvette made comes from the Bowling Green plant.  They have tours of the plant, but no photos are allowed.

Just across the road from the campsite is the Aviation Memorial Park; so far they have just three planes there, all of which were flown by pilots from Kentucky.

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