Geez, it's hot...we've had the AC on in the car, but not in the rig...we're cool enough with the fans going and the awnings out.....Sparky actually had to put on sunscreen to go bike riding today!
First, we checked out the visitor's center at Mammoth Cave National Park...They were working on it last year when we passed through, and more has been completed. Even if you don't want to take any of the tours for Mammoth Cave, the interactive visitor's center is not to be missed!
Sparky loves technology...and when there's buttons to be pushed, phones to pick up, videos to watch and lights that sparkle and move like running movie theater lights, she's hooked! Mammoth Cave National Park's Visitor Center delivers all this and more.....
Lots to learn here about EVERYTHING Mammoth Cave and the surrounding area.....You can see the ice age advancing and retreating through the different geologic time periods by pushing buttons for each era...It was interesting to see the equator was not always running through the center of the earth, the equator used to on a much more skewed angle. Sparky didn't know that. There are a LOT of things Sparky doesn't know, but she likes learning new things! Eldo does, too!
After visiting the visitor's center, Sparky headed out for a bike ride along the Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike Trail.....Sparky did the trail the first time on the part that is right across the street at the Diamond Caverns site. The trail was rigorous and VERY hilly--too much even for Sparky! It's beautiful though, this time of year.....The trail actually tells you to get off your bike and walk it for bits of the trail here and there. It is loose gravel and with all the leaves covering the trail, Sparky was not as comfortable riding today...(Because she didn't have her helmet on! Tch! Tch! Tch! chides Eldo.) So, Sparky turned around and went back, downhill all the way...WHEEEEEE! However, if you can handle the hilly trail on this section, there are a lot of things to see along the trail...openings lead to informational signs about the geology of the area, points of interest like historical cemeteries, buildings, and other stuff. There are more level sections of the trail nearer to the Mammoth Cave National Park right outside the park and they appear to be a more packed surface. We are going to ride that tomorrow.....Right, Eldy? Right? Right!
Later, we visited the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center in Glasgow, a FREE museum that has the early history of the geographic area known as "The Barrens"--a system of five counties in Kentucky from the past to . It is housed in an old pants factory and is 30,000 square feet of history. Some really cool stuff there....Sparky saw things from the fifties that really captured her imagination--A Betsy McCall paper doll set...Sparky remembers playing with those the minute she saw the exhibit. But it took the exhibit to pull that memory out....
|What we did in the fifties--a Cultural Center display
And some beautiful scenery......WOW! We'd definitely like to revisit this state park!