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Cumberland Caverns Day 16

Posted by Kerri Mosher on May 6, 2016 in Day 16 |

Cumberland Caverns Day 16

Cumberland Caverns was our field trip for the end of the school year field trip.

I am glad that I got the opportunity to go on this field trip with Garrett but I have to say at first it was rough.

Separating Joshua and I is hard for both of us. He was still sleeping when I left this morning so it was not so bad for him, for me I cried and felt like a bad mom for leaving him. In all truth, we both needed this.

I followed the bus and it was about a 45-minute drive from the school.  Garrett had to ride the bus due to the schools liability but once there him and his best friend hung out with me. Garrett was very happy that he got to have mommy time and not have his little brother around demanding my attention.

Garrett and his best friend.

Garrett and his best friend.

Cumberland Caverns facts:

Approximate length: 44,444.4 meters, 27.7 miles

Maximum depth underground: 550 ft (350 ft, in show cave sections

Cave temperature: constant 56 degrees

Humidity: 99%

Walking tour length: Approximately 1.5 hours. 

Moonshine still

Moonshine still

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This is a real Moonshine still. The sheriff of Warren County came to tour the cave and seen that there was no Moonshine still, so he donated one of the three that he had in his basement. Yes,  I thought this was kinda funny myself. So the sheriff wanted the Moonshine still in the cave; however, he made sure the still did not work. He put a hole in the back of the jug that held the Moonshine then he took out most of the cooper tubing that was needed to make the Moonshine.

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Magnifying pond

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Moby Dick Rock

The Magnifying pond was pretty cool. If you looked down in the pond it looked maybe a little deeper than ankle-deep. This pond was 8 feet deep! I was amazed. The water was so clear and so pure. Our guild told us the water was drinkable but not good to drink when you’re in a cave with no bathroom because of its purity it would make you pee a lot.

Cave waterfall

Cave waterfall

Cave waterfall

Cave waterfall

Here is more pictures of the boy’s again.

Garrett and his best friend.

Garrett and his best friend.

Garrett and his best friend.

Garrett and his best friend.

These next pictures are of the Volcano Room! The volcano Room is the home of Bluegrass Underground. The monthly concert series recorded for WSM radio and is now an Emmy Award winning television series seen on PBS stations across the US. This underground ballroom seats 500 and can also be reserved for banquets, weddings, birthday parties, catered meals and corporate events.

Volcano room, pictures taken from Cave Cat walk.

Volcano room, pictures taken from Cave Cat walk.

Volcano room, pictures taken from Cave Cat walk.

Volcano room, pictures taken from Cave Cat walk.

This chandelier hangs in the Volcano Room and it lights up and is pretty.

Suspended sixty feet above the Volcano Room floor. The Chandelier is the gem of Cumberland Caverns.

The Chandelier originally came from the Lowes Metropolitan Theater in Brooklyn New York. The chandelier was purchased by Roy Daves for Cumberland Caverns in the early eighties.

She weighs approximately 1500 pounds, has 150 lights, and is composed of several thousand crystal beads. She reaches over eight feet wide and is fifteen feet long. Now a priceless antique, she is a treasure to Cumberland Caverns and a beauty to behold.

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This is where we got to eat lunch before we headed out of the cave.

When he got to the back of the cave they were telling the kids a story about one of the men that was in the cave for 3 days with no lights because he dropped his torch. They then shut the lights off and told the kids not to be scared that their was a secret to being able to see just a little. The told the kids to put their thumb on their nose and wiggle there fingers, they then turned on the lights and the kids got a good laugh out of it. We heard the story of the man stuck in the cave while lights lit up here and there in the room.

Here is some odds and ends of pictures I took while we were in the cave. Some are photo’s of the ceiling and other things.

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The pillar on the left hand side was coming from top and bottom joined together.

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We had fun and I am really glad that I got to go with Garrett. He was happy to have me go and Joshua was just fine without me. When we finished inside the cave, they came out and got to do the gem and fossil mining sluice.

Gem and fossil mining

Gem and fossil mining

Gem and fossil mining

Gem and fossil mining

Gem and fossil mining

Gem and fossil mining

Thank you for reading about our trip to Cumberland Caverns. I suggest if you are in the area to stop and have a look. They are open 7 days a week and have tons of things to do and you can enjoy the day with your family.

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