Sept. 12 - Mammoth Caves (by Madison)

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 25, 2011

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Mammoth Cave, KY

(by Madison)

Today we went to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.  We first went to the Visitor Center and got our Junior Ranger books and cave tour tickets.  I learned that Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world.  It has 392 miles of explored paths!  As we were getting ready to go on our tour I was thinking that I expected the cave to be very pretty since it is quite famous for being so big.  Based on the other caves we have been in, I was wanting to see some more formations like stalagmites, stalactites, draperies, cave popcorn, soda straws, and columns.

When we first started our tour guide told us it was going to be 54 degrees inside the cave, which is not as cold as the caves we visited in Oregon and South Dakota.  When we got in it was shocking because the cave was paved and there were no formations anywhere!  It was very big - bigger than any cave than we have been to.  However, the tour was two hours long and we were seeing the same thing over and over!

What I learned that I thought was cool is that they got the minerals out of this cave that were required to make the gunpowder for the Army to use in the War of 1812.  At the time they were all slaves working here.  There were also a bunch of other commercial operations in the cave, and the funniest one I heard of was a mushroom 'factory'.  It reminded me of Kennett Square!

When we were done with our tour I learned that just because something is bigger, or the biggest, it does not mean that it is better.  In my opinion, the smaller Oregon Caves, Jewel Cave, or Wind Caves are all much better to tour.  We were planning to go on a second tour, but decided that it was not worth it and left.

When we got back to our campground, we made a corn missile and had a corn war.  We were right next to a huge corn field that we were able to play in.  The corn launchers were really fun to build, but they did not work very well.  We decided to make catapults instead, and they worked much better.

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