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Re: Matt's Airstream Adventure
« Reply #420 on: September 19, 2020, 06:24:16 pm »
Gah! I imagine you’re seeing a lot of up-close-and-personal “Americana” of all stripes. Campground looks beautiful, though.


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« Reply #421 on: September 19, 2020, 08:43:29 pm »
Everyone here is really nice.  Hospitable in a Southern way.  There’s really nothing I can do to alter the political landscape of half the country so I’m just doing my best to enjoy the different places and what they have to offer.  I haven’t had a single political conversation with a local since we left and I’m happy to keep It that way.  People vote for lots of different reasons.  I’m sure plenty of people vote because of hate and intolerance but I think more people vote because of some longing for an idealistic “America” that never really was.  They think America was great because of how successful and powerful we became.  I think it’s great because of the people on whose backs we stood to achieve that “greatness” continue to persevere and make their presence known.  I’ll be voting in TX this year so my vote will actually count for the first time since I was 18.  I may even vote twice.  I hear that’s legal now. 

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« Reply #422 on: Yesterday at 12:47:39 am »
Day 1 at Mammoth Cave Natl Pk in Kentucky. We tour the actual cave tomorrow so we hit the trails today, including Cedar Sink...

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« Reply #423 on: Yesterday at 01:20:07 am »
Dixon Cave was attached to Mammoth Cave until a big collapse about a million years ago cut it off...

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« Reply #424 on: Yesterday at 01:33:53 am »
Cedar Sink was the day’s real highlight.  It’s what’s known as a Karst Window, or a sinkhole that reveals part of an underground river. It was pretty spectacular...

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« Reply #425 on: Yesterday at 01:40:02 am »
This is a bat fence.  It keeps people out but let’s bats come and go to protect their habitat.  They have Indiana Bats here but they suffer from white nose caused by a fungus brought in by people’s shoes.  You have to clean your shoes on the way in and out of the cave tour and they recommend you don’t wear the same clothes into any cave twice...

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« Reply #426 on: Yesterday at 01:50:32 am »
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« Reply #427 on: Yesterday at 01:52:45 am »
What great pics and indelible memorable moments. And that’s the whole point. You beasts have taken on the full load, but if you can maintain the momentum and value added experiences, y’all are gonna be real happy when your kids grow up! Bravo a thousand times
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« Reply #428 on: Yesterday at 04:50:13 pm »
Thanks!

Day 2.  Cave day...

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« Reply #429 on: Yesterday at 08:56:13 pm »
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« Reply #430 on: Yesterday at 10:23:47 pm »
The cave was used to make saltpeter for gunpowder during the War of 1812.  These are trees that they noted out by hand to use as piping for that process...

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« Reply #431 on: Yesterday at 10:38:43 pm »
Dr John Croghan bought the cave for $10,000 in 1839 to see if he could use it as a tuberculosis hospital.  Obviously that didn’t work and people died but not before living out their final days as mole people living in stone huts like this one...

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« Reply #432 on: Yesterday at 10:42:14 pm »
There was also an attempt to grow mushrooms here but a mysterious saboteur  destroyed the crop bankrupting the company before the first harvest...

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« Reply #433 on: Yesterday at 10:45:28 pm »
This is called the water clock because the dripping water that slooooowly carved it out sounds like the ticking of a clock...

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« Reply #434 on: Yesterday at 10:47:45 pm »
Jr Ranger badges...

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