Saturday, September 6, 2008
Fat Man's Misery
It may be politically incorrect to refer to someone as a "Fat Man". Minnesota Fats got away with it, and so did Fats Domino, but I don't recall many current celebrities going with that moniker!
But in Mammoth Cave, KY, political correctness gives way to hard reality. Here is where a person of ABOVE average girth will be literaly between a rock and a hard place as he/she goes through the cave on a tour. I couldn't believe that we were going through such a narrow passage! One foot in front of the other on this path! No handicapped accessible options here! You were an adventurer, or relegated to being just a bystander!
Mammoth Cave is truly worth the time it takes to visit. They have explored and mapped over 300 miles of passageways underlying about 10 square miles of Kentucky hills. It claims to be the biggest cave system in the US, if not the world. Quite a sight to see!
This place has been on TC's life list of things to see. Now since last year's movie "The Bucket List", I guess we should call it a bucket list (things to see and do before you kick the bucket.) I'm glad I got to go along to see something I didn't have on my bucket list, but am glad I got to experience it anyway.
On your way to Mammoth Cave, you may pay homage to the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, KY. As a family member or two of ours owned Corvettes (well, actually it is one Corvette that was passed on from uncle to nephew), we payed our respects to the birthplace of the beast. Just go to the Corvette plant, turn east and in 15 minutes, you'll be at Mammoth Cave National Park!