|This is how we caught Ruby 'reading' the Bible, with a movie on the ipod below it!|
The next morning, we headed to Henry's Ark. A very random farm outside of Louisville. It was recommended in our 'Really Fun Things You've Gotta Do With Your Family When You Visit Kentucky' book (or something like that!) And it was fun! There were ostriches, zebras, goats, very ugly ducks, camels, bison, peacocks, reindeer, warthogs..... The kids loved it! Charlie especially loved to chase all of the ducks around. After that, we drove to Cave City to go to Mammoth Cave. We got there mid-afternoon and toured the mammoth cave. It was awesome! The kids absolutely loved it! We had brought camping equipment along and after checking out some very shady hotels in the area (that's all there seemed to be), we decided to camp at Jellystone Park. Unfortunately, all of the camping lots were of rocks (not sure if that was part of the JellySTONE theme..?) and we had neglected to bring our air mattress. The kids didn't seem to mind but Jordan and I had very sore bones the next morning. We drove around the countryside in the morning and bought some groceries for some more picnic lunches, hobo pies, and s'mores. We seemed to get sucked into this slow moving, relaxed culture of Kentucky a little more each day. We meandered back to Mammoth Cave for another tour of a different cave. We went to this Waterfall Cave, it's namesake coming from the formations of the rock looking like waterfalls - there weren't actually any waterfalls in the caves. It was a 45 minute tour. I think the guide said we were under 50 foot of ground in this area and there was water leaking through a crevice from above. You could almost always hear a trickle of water from somewhere unseen. There were many places where we had to duck our heads to get through a tight space only to enter into a 300 foot high room. And the kids loved every minute of it. Jordan, naturally, has become obsessed with the idea of cave exploring. We're hoping to return someday to do a 6 hour tour that is offered through another cave where you have to crawl through some tough spots to get through. It was absolutely amazing! We chilled out at the campground for the rest of the night. The next morning, after discussing our sore bones, the cat that made me scream during the night while pawing through our garbage, the squaking bird that woke us up at 6am, and just the pure boredom of camping, we decided to pack up and move on!
|Getting kindling from along the road for our campfires|
|In the caves|
|I dropped the lens cap... Jordan fearlessly retrieved it for me|