S: Mammoth Cave 2009
BC: The End
FC: OUR TRIP TO MAMMOTH CAVE, KENTUCKY OCTOBER 2009
1: Every year during the boys' Fall Break from school, we take a short, 3 to 4 night trip. This year, we wanted to go somewhere we've never been. We picked Mammoth Cave, Kentucky after we read an article about it in Family Fun magazine.
2: On our first day in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky (it's an actual city, not just the name of a cave system), we took two tours of Mammoth Cave, which is the largest, longest cave system in the world. We learned that you could put the next three or four largest cave systems INSIDE Mammoth Cave and still have plenty of room to spare! There were all kinds of tours available, from those that lasted 30 minutes to some that lasted an entire day! We took a couple of intermediate tours, the New Entrance Tour and the Mammoth Passage Tour. Riley, being Riley, was quick to assume a position right beside the tour guide! He stuck close to our guide and asked bunches of questions.
5: This was the historic old entrance. It's the only natural entrance to the cave that is still in use today. It's hard to see well, but it was a giant hole in the ground!
6: It was quite hard to take good pictures down in the depths of a cave, but I did my best! These are pictures from a few of the rooms we toured. Although we enjoyed the tours, we all, especially Luke, were glad to get out!
8: I think our favorite place in Mammoth Cave was Kentucky Down Under. It's an Australian theme park with all kinds of Aussie animals and activities!
9: We fed little parakeet-looking birds and also these gorgeous, colorful birds! They were all over us and we didn't get pooped on a single time! As soon as that nectar or the seeds were gone, though, they didn't want to have anything to do with us. | And our favorite part of Kentucky Down Under, without question, was the aviaries where we got to feed the birds. The workers gave us little cups of nectar or seeds, depending won what kind of bird, and then the birds attacked us to get to the food!
10: More pictures of Luke and I with the birds. From the expression on Luke's face, it looks like he is really worried about the possibility of bird poop in his hair! I'm not concerned at all though!
13: The boys really enjoyed the Australian animal show. They got to pet snakes and lizards and all kinds of things that Mommy didn't want to get anywhere near!
15: What would an Australian outback be without...kangaroos! The boys got to pet little baby kangas and even a joey! There was one joey that was still in its Mommy's pouch and all you could see was the legs sticking out! Riley got to love on a joey while it was being cradled by the animal trainer!
16: When we went to see the herding exhibit at Kentucky Down Under, Riley made friends with a big, friendly Australian Shepherd. That dog was soooo filthy but that didn't stop Riley from plopping down on the ground and loving all over it! I (Mommy) was cringing, but Riley was in heaven!
19: Finally, on our last day, we went to Dinosaur World and the boys got eaten by a T. Rex.