Mammoth Cave National Park! Camp 2 :)

Trip Start Jul 01, 2012
Trip End Aug 24, 2012

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Our second day of driving took us to Mammoth Cave National Park. This is a beautiful forest atop what is called "World's Longest Cave".

Over 300 miles of Mammoth cave have been explored and there is evidence that this cave was explored by Native Americans prior to the landing of Columbus. This cave was used during war time to mine for the materials to make dynamite.

This cave was formed in the limestone remains of an 380 million year old sea and the sandstone and shale remains of a 280 million year old river delta (NPS poster). Ancient underground rivers carved away the rock leaving winding paths and huge caverns.

We camped in the Mammoth cave camp ground. A beautiful location just down the road from the visitor center. Down the hill from the visitor center is the entrance to the "Historic Cave". On the right of the trail down is a spring that is supposed to run year round, but due to two months without rain the spring ran dry, just a hill of rocks.

After exploring the cave and adventuring through the dark we set off to find geodes. The geodes in the area are formed where the sandstone has an air pocket. Over the years that air pocket begins to have minerals leach inward, creating the beautiful egg like geode full of inward reaching crystals. 

Then we hit the road again.
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