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It’s Longer Than the 2nd and 3rd Longest Caves Combined!

Posted by Heliocentrism on July 29, 2010

July 15, 2010

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Surprise cave photo!

Me Spelunk?

I’m claustrophobic. But if I wasn’t, this would have been my spelunking paradise! There’s even a kids-only tour. I, and my family, stuck to the regular walk-through-the-cave tour. No need for me to have a melt down in front of my niece and nephews.

It’s a big cave!

Of course we got to the park a little later in the day than we’d plan and chose the “whatever’s next” tour. But, lucky for us it was the Historic tour, the one my brother would have picked anyway.

Stop moving!

It was 2 hours of walking through a deep, dark, cold, cave with story breaks of historic tails. The tour guide was very informative and loved when people asked questions, especially the kids.

I managed to get a few good photos in while everyone passed me. Flash photos didn’t come out so well. The cave is just too big for that to work. The key was long exposures if you can stand very still.

This is where I came close to a panic attack.

Fat Man’s Misery

My least favorite part of the tour was a section called “Fat Man’s Misery”. It was a tight fit. It would have not been such a big deal, but there was some bottlenecking. Those in the front walked through the area with no problem. Those in the middle and the back sections had to go slowly through the path, behind people who could not move quickly. For about 5 minutes all I could see was the person right in front of me and I was hunched over. I didn’t like it at all.

Checkers before goodbye

Adios Hermano y familia

This was the last day we traveled with Malcolm, Vonia, and all the kids. We ate at a family restaurant, played checkers, and said our long goodbyes. They headed north for Ohio and we headed south for Tennessee. It was fun traveling with them! But, I’ll see them once more before I head off to Japan.

"My friends back home are all having fun without me,

“My friends are all playing basketball without me.” 😦

Poor Matthew 

By the end of the trip, Matthew was just dying to get home.

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The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

Mammoth Cave National Park

How to get there:

Address:

Mammoth Cave National Park
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259

Phone:

  • 1-270-758-2180

Website

Download

Cost

Hours:

  • About 8:30 – 16:00

Notes:

  • You can camp here. Make sure to get reservations during the peak season.

Map:

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Who knows What it Looked Like?

Posted by Heliocentrism on July 28, 2010

July 14, 2010

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My nephew thinks he’s cool. 🙂

Let’s Reconstruct it

To tell the truth, the history of Fort Toulouse in Wetumpka, Alabama is not as interesting as the history of the reconstruction of the Fort. The Fort itself was built some time in 1717 and used by the French to ward off the British. It’s the same old good verses bad story. Here French equals good and British equals bad, I think. It’s hard to tell…

The Fort was abandoned by the French when the British showed them what’s what. The French ran off to New Orleans where they started a tradition of bead collecting and public intoxication. The British had no real interest in this Alabaman fort once the French were gone and left it to rot.

Who can get through that?

In the 1800’s the fort was used by Andrew Jackson; you know, Mr. 20-dollar bill. Well… he didn’t so much use the fort, as built a bigger one over it called Fort Jackson. Mr. Jackson needed more space than the French. He planned to win his war.

In 1976 someone had the great idea of reconstructing Fort Toulouse. They looked at the outline of the fort that was there and built upon that. Unfortunately, no one bothered to check with any reputable historians on the matter, because what they had actually made was a replica of Andrew Jackson’s fort.

They did eventually tear down the replica of Jackson’s fort and build, as best they could, a replica of Fort Toulouse. They hope one day to build another replica of Jackson’s Fort somewhere in the area.

nice ride

So Much to do in Bowling Green, but not after Six

The next stop on our tour through the southern states was in a nice town called Bowling Green in the state of Kentucky. According to the TomTom there were lots of great stuff to see and do in this town, from a Corvette Museum to a distillery.

But alas, it was all for naught! For you see, our arrival was in the late hours before dust at 17:30 in the afternoon. By then everything was either closed or closing. We did manage a drive about town in which we saw the aviational spectacle you see above.

It was flown by a Brigadier General Daniel Cherry, of whom Wikipedia, as of this writing, knows nothing about. But I know he exist because I saw his plane and because he wrote a book; My  Enemy My Friend.

open air sleeping

We Don’t Need No Sinkin’ Tents!

Malcolm, Vonia, and the kids didn’t feel like unpacking the trailer to get to the tents and set them up. Nor did they feel like taking tents down and repacking them the next day. They checked the weather report. Since there was no chance of rain, they put up only their camping gazebo to sleep under.

Mark’s and my tent, is a small tent that takes about 5 minutes to put up. As I slept in my tent, I felt jealous of everyone else who was sleeping a little closer to nature. Mark on the other hand was glad he was where the  bugs couldn’t bite him.

Mark’s skin glistens with bug spray.

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The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.

Phone:

  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Books: 

Notes:

  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

Fort Toulouse

How to get there:

  • 32°30’24.0″N 86°15’06.0″W
  • Exit on Northern Blvd. (Hwy 152, exit 173 off I-65 in Montgomery)
  • Follow Northern Blvd east to U.S. Highway 231 north towards Wetumpka.
  • Go approximately 8 miles;
  • look for the Key West Inn on the left.
  • Turn left at next red light onto Fort Toulouse Road.
  • After approximately 2.5 miles the road goes directly into Fort Toulouse.

Address:

Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park
2521 W. Fort Toulouse Road
Wetumpka, AL 36093

Phone:

  • (334) 567-3002

Website:

E-mail:

Cost:

  • $2.00 Adults
  • $1.00 for students and children 6 and over
  • Free for children under 5 and under.

Hours:

  • Open sunrise to sunset

KOA
(Bowling Green)

How to get there:

  • 36°55’02.0″N 86°26’10.1″W
  • From I-65 Exit 22, north on US 231,
  • left onto KY 884 at light #12.
  • 1.8 miles on left.

Address:

1960 Three Springs Rd
Bowling Green KY 42104

Phone:

  • (270) 843-1919

Website

Download:

e-mail:

  • bgkoamail@yahoo.com

Notes:

  • This site comes with free wi-fi.

Map:

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