12-14 August 2016
14.08.2016 88 °F
Technically the trip started on 11 August but that was after a day of work and all we did was drive the RV to Diamond Cave Resort and RV Park and have a little dinner on the grill. We were lucky enough to have friends Chris and Donna Boily meet us there that night.
The next morning after some eggs and coffee to get us going we did a little hike on the Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike Trail. We saw a few critters to include this tiny frog and a turtle. We also managed to get even smaller critters called chiggers all over our ankles
The main attraction at the park is Mammoth Cave which is the longest cave system in the world. Our group had tickets for the Domes and Dripstones tour which was marginal in my opinion. The tour starts with a bus ride down to the entrance of the cave where they inform us that each step down to the cave cost $300!! After that the line was so long getting down in to the cave that by the time we got to an open area where the guide would tell us a bit about the cave he was already half way through his talk. Most of the cave was very narrow without many formations. Lastly we are informed that we can go an optional 49 steps down and 49 steps back up to actually see a few formations from a very small viewing area.
After that I was hungry again so it was back to the RV for some dinner on the grill. Curt cooked us up some steaks with baked potato and corn on the cob. Amazing!!! We spent the rest of the night enjoying being outside and chatting.
On Saturday it was threatening rain a bit but the group decided to go for the canoe ride anyway. Mammoth Cave Canoes and Kayaks cost $50/canoe for a half day which takes about 3-4 hours. The guide drove us and our canoes to the start of the 7.5 mile route and put us in the water. There wasn't much movement in the water so a fair amount of paddling was required. A few rain showers hit us but nothing big and we were able to cool off a bit thanks to the rain. The sun was also not super hot which we were thankful for. A quick stop on one of the islands was long enough for Chris to pick up some chiggers he got to enjoy the rest of the afternoon
By the time the trip was done lunch had been missed so a refueling was in order. A mexican restaurant was not far away so we had drinks, chips and queso/salsa and desserts to hold us over. For dinner Curt again filled us up with hamburgers, baked beans and fries. We sat around talking and trying to ignore that we had to go home tomorrow.
Our last morning came with the usual sadness of a trip being over but we dispelled that by having breakfast at Cracker Barrel before pulling out.