"Signs of spring are everywhere at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. Despite the frequent rain, cloudy days and abnormally cool temperatures, signs of life begin to rise among the brown leaves..."
"If you have never been inside Mammoth Cave, look forward to the Annual Cave Sing in December. Visitors enjoy the immense, underground beauty of the cave, intertwined with the beautiful glow of a Christmas tree covered with lights and the synchronicity of a holiday choir, brass band and sometimes both. Just one visit inside is enough to suddenly inspire the mind to realize just how tiny we are in comparison to nature. The crowd is in a festive mood, most wearing holiday-themed attire. As we descend into the cave, the Park Rangers smile and nod in welcome. It is a time for celebrating the amazing cave that has hosted this tradition for generations and for enjoying the hospitality Mammoth Cave National Park is known for."
With the outdoor temperature as warm as spring, what better way to spend Christmas Eve than out in nature? The night before, severe thunderstorms crossed Kentucky and we were lucky to miss the worst of the action. We did endure very heavy rain on already saturated ground which of course resulted in flooding. Being the adventurer I am, I chose to visit Dry Fork Gorge in Edmonton, Kentucky knowing that the waterfall and creeks there would be flowing quite quickly. I chose to broadcast a couple quick videos on Periscope (see video below) while I was there.
After, we went to visit the old school in Edmonton, as always before heading home, only to leave sad that a large portion of the roof has fallen in. To see the stars was beautifully haunting and deeply troubling. How I love this vintage building. If only I could save it and prevent the impending demise. I made a note to return in the daylight as soon as possible to better see the damage and document via my DSLR. I hope I'm not too late...
Upon our exit from the school, I pulled over for a call from someone very important to me. This lady is like a mom to me and I'd dated her son for 6yrs. We've known each other a long time, yet I was still not expecting her act of kindness. Her call was to inform me of a surprise requiring cold storage waiting on our porch. I rushed home and found an unexpected gift. A plastic tote (so thoughtfully chosen in purple!!!), huge fruit basket, pumpkin pie, potatoes and most awesome of all...a ham! I'd wanted a ham so badly, but we'd been unable to get one this year. There was also two gift bags with presents for both kids. So amazingly thoughtful. Considering how rough our December has been (Long story coming soon), this 'Christmas miracle' helped me feel better.
Ironically, a sweet elderly man from down the road brought me a bag of turnips and greens which also made my day though I'd never realized how strange a vegetable I was exploring. The inside raw tastes like the love child of cabbage and radish. Once cooked, it's soft like a potato with a very faint cabbage flavor. If you enjoy Turnips, please comment with your recipes. I'm curious how you like them and I'm strangely inexperienced for one born and raised in Kentucky around classic southern homestyle cooking.
How was YOUR Christmas eve? Did you get out and enjoy nature like we did? Comment below, I'd love to hear about YOUR day! :)
Went on an epic mini-adventure to a local secluded cave this afternoon. I'd been running errands in town all day and had no desire to rush home after a week enduring a stomach virus and extreme cold that reduced time typically spent in nature. The sound of water, descending in drops, echoed in the cave. The cool air outside was deeply contrast to the warmth inside. The icicles clinging to the ceiling had formed in the same pattern as a stalactite. Some were frozen like ribbons and others were dangerously sharp and deadly in size. I photographed until my fingers began to be uselessly frozen and then returned to civilization.
This photo was taken and edited via iPhone 4s. DSLR photos will be coming to my website and blog soon, so keep in touch! :)
Spent the afternoon yesterday with my family hiking a secluded trail in Mammoth Cave. We found a cave and waterfall and ended up walking two miles. It's always great to be in nature, but the back country of MC is so raw and beautiful. Wind blew through the trees like a rushing waterfall in the distance. Sunlight filtered through the canopy like gold painted in the edges of fine vintage lace. So silent and peaceful at times you could hear your own heart beat...until the sound of your toddler squeals "ooh yello flower!" Also note to all local parents...when you're crossing Green River Ferry, don't tell your 5yr old Daughter "Look, we're about to drive over a ferry!" They think Tinkerbell is about to be killed and scream, "no don't kill the fairy!" A short spelling lesson later all was well.
I spent the day with my friend Josh at Barren River Lake State Resort Park in Barren County, Kentucky. I first took photos of his cat and kittens and then we travelled to the lake to capture a few portraits and images of his Honda Shadow motorcycle for his promotional useage. After, we went to the docks at the lake to watch the sun set and he took a few photos of me.