We left on a Wed afternoon, drove to somewhere in Kansas and spent the night, then drove hard all day Thursday. Due to rainstorms and closed interstates, we didn't arrive at Mammoth Cave NP until late Thursday. We stayed in a cute little cabin (the bed was a little snug for the 3 of us!) close to the visitor's center. On Friday we explored the visitor's center, went on a cave tour, completed the Junior Ranger program, and did a short walk to Stephen Bishop's gravesite.
Our visit was great but too short. Like most national parks, there is always so much more you can do/explore with just a little bit more time. In retrospect, I wish we had spend 2 nights there. Just a wee bit more time for another tour or a longer hike. We'll just have to journey back again someday soon.
Not many photos cause it is kinda dark in a cave...
|Going through Fat Man's Misery was by far|
the favorite part of the tour
Homeschool resources we used in conjunction with our visit to Mammoth Caves National Park
- Journey to the Bottomless Pit - The Story of Stephen Bishop & Mammoth Cave by Elizabeth Mitchell
- Caves and Caverns by Gail Gibbons
- One Small Square Cave by Donald M. Silver
- Mammoth Cave National Park by Mike Graf
- Mammoth Cave National Park reading comprehension on EdHelper
- The Underground Adventure of Arly Dunbar: Cave Explorer by Candice Ransom
- Grand, Gloomy and Peculiar: Stephen Bishop at Mammoth Cave by Roger Brucker (we haven't actually read this yet, but still plan to read aloud)
- National Parks: Caves of the National Parks: The Wonder Beneath (on Discover Education)
- Planet Earth: Caves (we watched on Discovery Education but the link takes you to Amazon)