Day 5 dawned bright and early in the Mammoth Cave Campground.
It was a cereal for breakfast day. We had packed a few single serve boxes of cereal and small tetrapack boxes of milk. We just opened the cereal bag and poured the milk straight in. During and after breakfast, everyone finished up their junior ranger booklets
With gloriously clean hair and new clothes, we headed back over to the visitor's center
We were somewhat surprised to find these huge floodgates in Pineville, KY. We've since learned a bit about the flood wall and major floods from the Cumberland river (pictures from the 1977 flood are horrific)
After our dinner, we had time to head over to the amphitheater to listen to an interesting talk about long hunters. I liked this guy's talk specifically because he mentioned at times, "now some historians may disagree with me, but here's what I think". I appreciate when someone lets you know they've veered away from evidence and into opinion.
giant leopard moth caterpillar, but at the time we thought it would sting. Josh knocked it off the outside of the tent after the girls went to sleep, then it crawled over to the picnic table where he was sitting. Then we went to bed and before long it was back on the tent, right by Josh's head. And that thing was LOUD. It was like something out of a horror movie with the scratching sounds right by our heads.
A big plus to this campground that I kinda wish I knew the day before: huge, free showers. There's a giant room you get to yourself with a bench and hooks at one end:
We settled in for another night under the stars (and giant caterpillars) so we'd have the energy to spend Day 6 at Great Smoky Mountains!