Park Number: 19/61
First Visited: May 7, 2011
I whisper to Meredith, “This place is unbelievable.” The ranger giving the tour overhears and responds, “Thank you.” It’s an odd thing to say, with Mer and me later joking that the man must get cave-lonely down in his office. That he may have gone a little crazy. I mean, how else could one so easily accept gratitude for Mother Earth. But maybe he has the right to. Maybe we all do.
Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world, and yet, it is still not fully explored. Miles of tunnels and tubes are still unaccounted for. And while you are inside the earth you can hear the underground rivers carving away at its creation. This place is not stagnant. It continues growing, ever slowly, in the pitch black of the abyss.