Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mammoth Cave - with style

Prior to our Shrek and friends experience at the Gaylord Opryland last weekend, we spent two nights in Kentucky to visit Mammoth Cave. I was wary of how Amelia would like the adventure at first, but quickly realized I need not worry. Armed with her trusty flashlight, she took on the cave with gusto.

Tips for getting kids excited about Mammoth Cave:

  • Let them hold their own flashlight (you may want to find one with a wrist strap) 
  • Before you go, learn about caves and bats and the history of the area
  • Make up a story as you travel in the car - featuring cavemen and a creative cave animal, then talk about the story or act out characters as you descend into Mammoth Cave

Following our 2-hour long adventure down stairs, through crevasses, and up hills, she insisted on a second tour! Thanks to my FitBit tracker, I know that by the end of our Mammoth Cave adventure day, we climbed over 35 flights of stairs and traversed 5.5 rocky, undulating miles.

She did not complain once.
(My feet, however, had a lot to say!)

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