On a recent road-trip from Florida to Vermont, we visited the Mammoth Cave National Park. We planned our trip by looking at a map of USA, and pointing our finger at states we wanted to pass through. Kentucky was one of them, and it just so happened that the world’s longest cave happened to be on our route.
The entrance to the cave was a tiny metal doorway in the middle of a thick forest. As our guide lead us up the pathway, we felt like we had just walked onto the set of Lost.
“Don’t worry about the spiders” he said, pointing up to the corner of the doorway, “they’re harmless.”
I barely caught a glimpse of spider legs before they retracted into a crevice.
The doorway was at the top of a steep metal stairwell. We carefully descended 14 storeys (280 stairs) in single file through the vertical rock shafts. Down into the earth we went, via narrow, dimly lit passages and creaky metal staircases bolted to the rock. The tour guide spoke with the southern Kentucky twang of Col. Sanders, and was quite experienced and educated in the geology of the caves and history of the site. It was a really interesting tour and we were stoked on our decision to stop here!