Kentucky Travels - Bourbon Free Adventures... So far.
We’ve been in Kentucky for 10 days and we have 7 more days planned in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky brings to mind horse racing, bourbon distilleries, bluegrass music, and Kentucky basketball. Yeah, we haven’t experienced any of those things on this visit.
We spent 8 days in the area of Mammoth Cave National Park. The first two days we stayed at the Diamond Caverns Campground. We needed a full hook-up site after boondocking our way south from South Bend. The campground served it’s purpose and it was a short drive to Mammoth Cave.
We took the 2 hour historic tour of the cave. I had visited the cave before. My first trip was when I was a young child. My grandparents took my brother Scott and I. We were probably no older than 8 or 9 at the time. I have so many great memories of the summer trips shared with Scott and our Grandma and Grandpa Weaver.
Ten years ago Ryan and I took a long summer driving vacation. We traveled from Iowa City to Orlando. Along the way we stopped at Mammoth Cave. It was a great 14 day trip. The highlight was probably swimming with dolphins, but the entire trip was fantastic.
Over 400 miles of Mammoth Cave has been explored. It’s the largest cave in the world. The tour started with a gradual walk down 39 stories into the earth. The highlight was a portion of the cave called Fat Man’s Misery. It’s really more of a squeeze around the legs than anything else. You do have to twist and turn a bit to get through the 30 foot stretch of cave. The rock is shiny and polished in that area from all of the butts rubbing on them over the last 150 years.
It was 90+ degrees in Kentucky the day we toured the cave and the 58 degrees in the cave felt great! We’d certainly recommend visiting Mammoth Cave if you are ever in the area.
We took a short 30 mile trip from the Diamond Cavern’s Campground to our next stop - Moutardier Campground on the shores of Nolin River Lake. We had no hook-ups for the 6 days at Moutardier, but our solar and batteries provided us enough power that we weren’t exactly roughing it.
Nolin River Lake is a reservoir built by the Army Corp of Engineers in 1963. We’ve had great experiences at Army Corp of Engineers Campgrounds and Moutardier was no exception. First of all, it was cheap at $15 per night. They have electric sites available for $10 more, but most of them aren’t situated on the lake.
The roads are narrow, hilly, and full of tight turns, but the scenery is beautiful in Kentucky. We can’t wait to see what’s over the next hill - we still have 7 more days planned in the bluegrass state.