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Camping at
Mammoth Caves, Kentucky
April 2003

"Mammoth Cave National Park was established to
preserve the cave system, including Mammoth Cave,
the scenic river valleys of the Green and Nolin rivers,
and a section of south central Kentucky. This is the
longest recorded cave system in the world with more
than 336 miles explored and mapped."
(From the Mammoth Cave National Park web site)

Mike and I (along with Molly, our rescued Rottweiler) camped in the National Park.
We pitched a tent and tried our hand at cooking over the campfire, which wasn't always so successful.

We took 2 cave tours at the park:
Violet City Lantern Tour
(See Mike above, ready to go underground)

Lantern-light experience allows you to see prehistoric cave users, 19th-century tours, early cave exploration and commercial uses.
Elevation Change: 170 feet
3 hours / 3 miles (160 stairs)

Grand Avenue Tour
(All cave pictures are from this tour)

We experienced bedrock breakdown and gypsum and dripstone formation (stalagmites and stalactites). Lunch was served inside the cave in the Snowball Room.
Elevation Change: 300 feet
4 1/2 hours / 4 miles (670 stairs)

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