Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Mammoth Caves

Mammoth Caves is only about an hour north of Bowling Green and we wanted to do something fun with Mom before sending her back home.  The last time we were here we took the tour starting at the Natural or Historic Entrance.  So we signed up for the $12 ‘New Entrance’ tour.  I’m glad we did.  This tour goes thru a part of the cave that is wet – so there are Stalactites and Stalagmites and Flowstone. 

I always remember which are StalaCtites and which are StalaGmites because of the C and G.  C means they come down from the Ceiling and G means they come up from the Ground.

It’s a long, steep, narrow stairway going down into the cave from the New Entrance.  Cool.  Spooky.  Actually, it’s really cool – 54 degrees, compared to about 84 outside.

I think Mom liked it.  It reminded us of when she arranged for all of us to go to Yucatan and get a special scuba diving certification for Caverns.  That really must go down as one of the most unique, spectacular, experiences of my life.  Diving in the gin clear fresh water and floating by submerged stalactites and stalagmites.  Too bad I can’t go back and look at a blog post of that experience but that was in the 90s – BB (before Blog)  The caverns are knows as ‘Cenotes’ and here are a few pictures on the Cenote Dive Center site.

This formation is known as the ‘Frozen Niagara.’

 

 

The camera lens fogged up when we came out of the 54 degrees into the 84 and high humidity.

 

After the tour, we could take a walk by ourselves just to view the entrance at the Natural or Historic site.

 

1 comment:

Cyndi said...

It's funny how there are different mnemonic devices to help us remember things - I was taught that stalactites hold "tight" to the ceiling. Nice pics - on our "to do" list along with Carlsbad Caverns, which I saw in high school but my husband has not.