Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside: Mammoth Cave

I know I am a week or so late with this, but I have been on vacation in a place where we had no Internet access!

In June, my husband and I took a trip to various Midwestern states, including a side trip into Kentucky for the main purpose of visiting Mammoth Cave. We had booked a tour far in advance to be assured of getting in.

When you think of caves, you probably think of stalactites and stalagmites, and colorful crystals, etc. Mammoth Cave doesn’t have much of this sort of thing. INSIDE, the cave has been mostly fairly dry and cold, of course. However, it has interesting formations and an interesting history, so I’m going to give you a little tour! Here are a few of my favorites taken INSIDE Mammoth Cave:

In the early 19th century, salt peter was mined here. It is used in gunpowder, an important item in the War of 1812!
This formation is known as the Giant Coffin.
This is the best image for the theme “Inside”. It is a bottomless pit!!
This extremely narrow passageway is known as “Fat Man’s Agony”. You have to put one foot directly in front of the other as you walk through it.
In the 19th century, people took tours led by guides – some of whom were slaves. Tourists carved their names in the rock, and here they used smoke to write their names on the cave ceiling. Since becoming a national park, this would be a felony!
I will leave it up to your imagination to decide what this formation looks like!!

That’s it for our mini-tour. Hope you enjoyed seeing INSIDE Mammoth Cave!

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