Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Vacation Revisited Part 1

Let's see if Blogger will let me post my past vacation pics.

Yippe! Maybe? So, since I am too poor this year to take a proper vacation, here is a vacation revisited, part 1, as Blogger only let me upload some of them.

Last May, Mom, the girls and I took a week long vacation to Cave City, Kentucky. It's a lovely place, just outside of Mammoth National Park.

Here is a pic of Katie, not looking too happy as wer waited for the tour bus at Mammoth Cave, to take the Frozen Niagra tour.

Here is Annie with her large Ty Beanie Baby, named Whiffer. I bought him in the gift shop of an animal muesum, that was full of stuff (not the toy type, either) animals. She stills carries him around. As a matter of fact, I found him the other day, sitting next to my bed, watching tv, by himself?

Here is Annie, inside of Crystal Oynx Cave. This was her first cave tour.

Here is Annie at the Sinking Spring, at Lincoln's Birth Place. We stopped on our way down to Cave City.

Here is a stone marker for what used to be the World's only Underground Nite Club (literally). This was a cool place. Back in the day, such acts as the Glenn Miller band played here. And since this is in Bowling Green, KY, it's a dry county (meaning you can't by alcohol). They had a loophole for this club. You couldn't drink alcohol above street level. Being that the road is directly over this cave, they had no problems. And they had their way of telling if you had too much to drink. You had to climb about 130 steps (if I remember correctly) to get your beer, if you couldn't make it up the stairs in an upright position (meaning, no crawling) then you were cut off. And they also had bungalows for rent, so they could put you up for the night to sleep it off. This is also the cave that Jesse James escaped the law in, according to legend.

Here is a cave formation called "The Monster" at Mammoth Caves. Kinda self explainatory, huh?

Here is a cross section of a collum, which is were several stalagtites and stalamights grew together.

Here is a neat formation in Crystal Oynx Cave. It forms when water fills up the area and the minerals in the water deposit to form this barrier. This one is about 8" to 10" high, and it takes about 100 years for form an inch.

Here is a cave cricket. This one is a female. They were all over the place, and this one was hugh! If this tells you how big she is, her body was about the size of a quater. The females are larger than the males, and from what the guide told us, when they lay their eggs, they leave a unique chemical on them. That way if another bug, or spider eats the eggs, the mother can track down the offender, and kill them.

Here is my litte tree hugger, Annie. When she was around 2 1/2 to 3 years old, she would tell me that she was going to go play with her friends, the trees.

This is the "Blue Hole" at Lost River Cave. The same place as the Underground Nite club. It's blue because of the minerals in the water, and has not living creatures in it. This was famous during the Civil War, because it was believed to be around 450 feet deep, and it was said to have sucked a wagon of gun powder under, along with the horsed and the driver. None of it was ever found. It's actuall only around 15 feet deep, but is connected to the underground river that flows into the cave, by a hole in the side of it.

Here is a close up of Annie. Ya know, she doesn't look a thing like me. Okyeahright! This kid as me written all over her. This is how I looked at her age, but with freckles.

And here is, finally, a pic of Katie in a good mood. Looking at this, it amazes me how much she has changed in a year.

Ok, well I have apparently reached my photo limit for Blogger today. I'll post the rest next time.

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