Frozen Niagara Tour - 9:30
Historic Tour - 11:00
Intro to Caving Tour - 1:00 - This is full. A couple of us are signed up for this.
Hiking - 1:00 - For people that not "Intro to Caving".
Hiking - Time ???
In your RSVP, please state if you will be staying 2 or 3 nights.
Monday is Casimir Pulsaki Day. I will be staying for 3 nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Feel free to stay for less time.
I will be camping. The shower building opens March 1st (Yea, Showers!) Mammoth Caves is a 6+ hours drive from Chicago.
Please include in your RSVP; if you will be camping or staying in the hotel, can offer a ride or need a ride, and if you are looking to share a room at the hotel.
The average high temp for this time of year is 52 and the low is 32. The temperature in the caves stays the same all year round. The forecast is calling for upper 50's and low 30's.
Food: You will be on your own for food. We are having a potluck on Saturday Night, so bring a dish to pass. There is a restaurant at the lodge 1/2 mile away. It's open from 7:00 am to 7:30 pm. There is also Mexican and Pizza places near by. I will bring S'mores, pancake mix, and oatmeal to share.
Camping: We will be getting Group Sites. Each site hold 16 people. The cost for 3 nights at the site will be 6 to 12 dollars depending on the number for people we get.
Room at the Lodge/Hotel: The Lodge/Hotel is 1/2 mile away from the Group Campsites. For a room for up to 4 people with 2 double beds the cost is $60 plus $6 tax per night. That is $132 for the 2 nights per room or $198 for 3 nights. http://foreverlodging.com/destination.cfm?PropertyKey=71
A Grand, Gloomy and Peculiar Place
Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hilly country of south central Kentucky. This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 390 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place," but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name-Mammot
Tours of Mammoth Cave
Since 1816, visitors have toured the subterranean labyrinths of Mammoth Cave. Discover what adventures await you on our many Cave Tours.
The Age of Exploration is now.
There are many caves tours to choose from. Here are a couple of them. Wild Cave Tour is the hardest and the Frozen Niagara Tour is the easiest.
Historic Tour: Entering the cave through the Historic Entrance, you will feel the excitement that intrigued the earliest explorers and visitors. Experience the history and the role Mammoth Cave played during the War of 1812. Large passages invite you to imagine what it would have been like for prehistoric discoverers who walked these passages more than 2,000 years ago. Descend into the lower levels of the cave and follow in the footsteps of the first explorers who crossed the Bottomless Pit. Squeeze through Fat Man’s Misery. Climb 155 stairs up Mammoth Dome and exit through the Historic Entrance. •2 hours, 2 miles. Tour limit: 120. Total stairs: 440, including 155 at Mammoth Dome. Elevation change: 300’. •Limited areas of the Mammoth Cave Discovery, Mammoth Passage, Star Chamber, River Styx and Violet City Lantern Tours are visited on this route. •Meets at the Visitor Center. Difficulty: Moderate.
Frozen Niagara Tour: Depart by bus and journey over the top of the cave to the Frozen Niagara Entrance. The entrance, created in 1924, makes it possible to see this decorative area of the cave. Walk through a fairyland of formations to learn how travertine is formed. Pass through Rainbow Dome, then see Crystal Lake, Moonlight Dome and Onyx Collonade before arriving at the Frozen Niagara flowstone. Descend steps under the Frozen Niagara formation to visit the Drapery Room before returning to the surface. This easy trip is ideal for people who want a short introduction to Mammoth Cave. •1¼ hours, ¼ mile. Tour limit: 36. Total stairs: 12, plus an optional 98. Elevation change: 40’. •Includes parts of the New Entrance and Grand Avenue tour routes. Not available by reservation. •Meets at the Visitor Center. Difficulty: Easy.
I hope you can make it.