After we said our goodbyes and left the lake, we headed to Mammoth Cave National Park. There was no way that we were going to be that close to a national park and not go! Mammoth Cave is the worlds longest known cave system with at least 385 miles explored!
Before arriving at the park we signed up to take two tours, The Gothic Tour and The Historic Tour, during the day. Our first tour started at 8:30 in the morning and when we arrived at the mouth of the cave the mist looked magical! Most of the cave stays at a temperature of around 54 degrees (there are colder parts) and at the mouth of the cave you could see the line of where the cool air reached the warm, humid air!
On both tours we had engaging rangers who shared a lot of history, facts and fun stories about the caves. These caves were absolutely amazing! The majority of what we toured was bone dry! In fact, artifacts were incredibly well preserved because of how dry it was in the cave.
The ranger turned out the already dim lights at one point and I was amazed at the absolute darkness that followed. I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. I'm in awe of those early explorers who went into the cave with only a candle. The lack of light made it pointless to try to take pictures so we don't have any of inside the cave to speak of! We squeezed through some pretty tight spaces, but also saw spaces that looked like cathedrals!
We didn't get much of a chance to explore above ground at Mammoth, though Bryce and Harris got caught in a downpour while biking, but it was well worth the trip to see the cave.