Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Down into the Ground.....

Happy Monday evening.  We're happy to report that we are safely back home and getting everything squared away from our week long adventure to Kentucky.

Pod is resting in the pod-port, and told us that while traveling is fun, it's good to sleep in your own pod-port too!!

As we watched pods pull out Sunday morning, and then again Monday morning, Mark, Suzie (furpod's people), Trisha, and I decided to go on an easy cave tour monday afternoon.  

We picked the Saltpeter Cave Tour for two main reasons.  First it had only 75 total stair steps.  Second, the cave temp was a constant 47-49 degrees.  That sure did feel good monday afternoon!!

Our tour was 3:30 in the afternoon, Kevin another podder tagged along, and counting our tour guide Alek, our group was six people.  

Our guide did a fantastic job of telling us the history of the cave, it's significance in the history of our country, and the sacrifices the men and their families made for the several years the Saltpeter works was in operation.  

While very few written records were kept, the importance of the Works to our young nation cannot be in doubt.

I won't go into detail to explain all about how this works, you can research that for yourself if you are so inclined.  What I will be sure to pass along is about a fungal infection brought over from Europe in recent years called White-Nose Syndrome that is spreading through the bat population in this country.  So if you ever go anywhere (caves) where bats live, be sure to decontaminate yourself afterwards.  Bats eat mosquitoes, lots and lots and lots of mosquitoes!!  

Thanks for checking by today.  We will be taking a few days blogging break.  But we'll be right back.

Until next time, stay safe out there.....-R,T,&J.

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