Park City KY. Site A-2 High: 77 Low: 66
We have two more days here at Diamond Caverns RV Park. We had to extend our stay one more day by paying the daily fee for the first time since we got here for this park--44.00 in order to wait for parts for our truck to come in. Darn truck is still leaking oil--something about a gasket or seal that was not replaced two weeks ago because the part wasn't available and they used the existing part or something like that! It's not a bad leak, but when you pull a behemoth RV that's loaded at about 16,000 pounds, you better have your tow vehicle in tip top shape!
It's raining all day here in Park City. We will run errands, finish up laundry (usually 2.50 to wash for each load, and 2.50 to dry), clean house, the normal household stuff you do when it rains. But Sparky, clean house? What's there to clean in an RV? PLENTY! You wouldn't believe how much dust there is that circulates from outside air and through the vents. Even though we have mats outside and a wipe your feet mat inside the door, there is an amazing amount of dust that accumulates on the surfaces in just a day or two. With all the hard water that is at the campgrounds, there is buildup on the fixtures and in the shower and sinks, too. Some people have big honkin' water filtration systems attached to their camper or campground water supply but we don't. So today is also cleaning day....
Our rig has a built in vac system which is kinda cool. Just hook up the hose at the kick plate vent, and it turns on. Sparky doesn't like it much because the plastic hose is so long even though it's stretchy, (in order to reach from one end of the coach to the other), it is unwieldy and it's like trying to wrestle a slippery boa constrictor, to work her way to the back of the rig and around corners. The hose is always trying to shrink and jump back while using. Most of the time, she just gets a little dustpan and broom and uses that.
OK, here's the odds and ends...Places to eat--it's not the hot area for local eateries, this is cave country! BUT--There's a good Mexican restaurant called El Mazatlan at the Glasgow exit, one exit north of the park. Good street tacos--steak, cilantro, onions with pico de gallo.
There is also a Walmart and a Cracker Barrel, a Long John Silver's/A &W--they are all at the Glasgow exit--about 15 miles driving distance. People like the Amish bakery, Farmwald's Dutch Bakery and Deli, but we experienced a bad breakfast there. However, the mini donuts were wonderful! You'll have to form your own opinion on that one, as people do for all restaurants. There is an R & S Salvage Groceries in Horse Cave city which has Amish deli meats, donuts, and sandwiches on homemade breads and a bunch of salvage stuff. We didn't try that one but it gets very good reviews. There are very good Dollar General stores in the area that stock groceries for your basics. The one in Park City is very good. We found one pizza place called Turtellinis which had decent pizza. We didn't try the Cave Pizza place in Cave City. They had limited hours but good reviews. Yelp is our go-to app for places to check out, so we recommend that. Other than that, we didn't check out any other restaurants. Bowling Green is 22 miles from Park City, and ALL the chains and major shopping stores are there if you want a nice dinner out or need to go to Best Buy, or Hobby Lobby (haha), or Michaels. (Sparky hasn't been to Hobby Lobby in WEEKS, will miracles never cease!? exclaims Eldo.) Sparky is trying to downsize, haha.
|Main entrance to Mammoth Cave|
At any rate, what was the self-guided tour like? It was ok....it's 23.00 WITHOUT the senior pass, and half price if you DO have your senior pass. You basically are walking a very shortened version of one of their several use-to-be-offered tours. There is no ranger leading the tour, but they do have several rangers stationed at a couple of places in the cave for questions and answers. The only tour offered right now (April 2021) is called the "Extended Historical Tour". As soon as you get into the main part of the cave, the Rotunda, you are directed to go right or left as they try to disperse the touring group more evenly. The right fork is a short trip on slightly worn down uneven ground, and it's very disconcerting to not be able to see your feet, if you have aging eyes with beginning cataracts like Sparky does. The blue paper mask kept fogging up Sparky's glasses BIG time as the cave was so cool and damp, so that was an additional hazard.
|the pathway to the left as you enter|
Sparky liked the "Methodist Church" section of the cave. Church services were held in this portion. The minister would climb higher up in the caverns and with lit torches above him, preach the sermon from a rock cliff.
There was also an interesting geological feature called the "Giant's Coffin". There is some authentic graffiti on the "coffin" and then some that is not....As is always the case with features in the national parks. Wish people didn't feel like they had to deface federal property just to leave something of themselves behind!
If you like caves and don't get claustrophobic, this is an amazing cave to explore, especially when they get back to offering more tours. Mammoth Cave National Park has great trails, great caves and offers a great learning experience for families. The one take away Sparky got from this tour was the immensity of the cave system. "Cavers" are still exploring it, mapping it, but it's getting harder and harder the farther they get away from the existing entrances and pathways, to find new passageways and to continue to map the cave system. It's difficult to get financing for exploration as well, as this kind of exploration is not as popular as it used to be.
|coming out of the cave|
There is one more tour here that you can do and it's called "Beneath Your Feet". It's an ABOVE walking/hiking tour (free!) that tells you the various parts of the cave that are far below your feet. There are little signs along the trails that explain the cave's geological features underground as you hike above on the trails. Very cool!
We are off to southern Indiana tomorrow....two weeks at a Thousand Trails park, then a little more north to the Shipshewanna, IN area for two weeks, then Alaska here we come! Bye for now....