After our hours at Stones River NB, we got back in the van and followed Vaughn and the 5er into Kentucky. We pulled into the Diamond Caverns RV Park, which is located inside of the Mammoth Caves National Park. We stayed there for 3 nights.
Living in an RV doesn’t mean that it’s always a picnic. We have to do all the same stuff that you have to do in a house. Sometimes there is a lot less of it (like vacuuming – we have much less space to vacuum, but probably have to do it more often). But we ARE blessed to have lots of help… Peanut and Molly are really into drying dishes right now, and Emma is really into doing them! <3
While we were at this park, we went to Mammoth Caves National Park. The Jr. Ranger program here was really easy, so Molly did it too – well, she started, but never finished, so no badge for her. Course, they might not have given her a badge anyway if they actually checked her answers: Daddy was reading What Would A Ranger Do out of the booklet and recording her answers for her.. he asked her “if a rare cave cricket were crossing the path in front of you, would you tell everyone so they would be careful not to step on it?”. Molly, “NO! I would squish it with my shlip-shlop, like this!” and stomps on the floor with her flip flops, several times, with gusto. Or, Daddy “if you are walking around in the campground, and you see some litter, would you just leave it so a family can use it to start a campfire with?” Molly:”yep, and roast marshmallows!” No badge, but we all got a good laugh out of it anyway.
We walked down the path…
There was moss and plants growing all over the walls down into the cave…
looking up from the sidewalk below…
we didn’t actually take the cave tour. It was a little long for the littles, and we had been warned that if we had been to Carlsbad that this would be a let-down – it’s just a long cave with lots of nothing… and at a later park, we had a ranger, who had worked at Mammoth Cave for years, tell us that we hadn’t missed anything
So that day, we opted for the shortened visit so that we could check out the rest of the park too.
After coming up from the entrance, you have to walk through these little areas (below) which have a squishy pad that you walk over that is soaked with a disinfecting solution that will kill any bacteria on your shoes. There is some bacteria that they are fighting that will kill off the bats (white nose syndrome I think – didn’t take notes and that was nearly 2 weeks ago ;).
We drove through the park, which was beautiful. We saw lots of turkeys, but we didn’t see any deer, which are supposed to be very prevalent also.