I have roamed the woods of Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky since I was a child. My parents taught me how to spot the signs of former home sites that have been overtaken by the woods and to watch for uncovered cisterns and wells. I feel a strong connection to the land. It feels like home. It is home. My family moved in the area in the 1790’s. They moved three times as land was purchased to create the National Park. Like a homing pigeon, I am continually called home to walk where seven generations of my family have lived and worked.

The Mammoth Cave Railroad Bike and Hike trails follow the old rail line that brought guest from Park City to Mammoth Cave.
One of my favorite spots is the Doyle Valley Overlook. There were farms and small communities across this beautiful valley. There are also several cave entrances in this area.
The Green River is feed from the underground streams that carve Mammoth Cave. It is like a large, underground canyon. In some places the caves remind me of slot canyons.
Looking down the trunk of a massive Sycamore near the bank of the Green River near an old river boat landing and above the current ferry.
The River Styx flowing out of the cave and to the Green River.
The large hole just beyond the asphalt is the Natural Entrance to Mammoth Cave. When I was a child I would race down this hill to stand in front of the entrance for some natural air conditioning. The cave is a constant 54 degrees.

15 thoughts on “Home

  1. Barbara Rodgers says:

    I love how connected you are to the land of your ancestors. You’re having some beautiful fall colors there. It must have been fun living so close to a cave when you were a child — so glad you kept an eye out for uncovered cisterns and wells… The stump covered with moss is magical.

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  2. chocolatesandfeelings says:

    Wow this place looks as if it’s transporting you to another dimension. I wish I could stay in such a place. What an amazing place to make memories in!

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  3. Kathy says:

    What lovely pictures, Sarah. And that you are connected so deeply with the roots of family to this land. I think our family visited Mammoth Cave a long time ago, too. It’s so good to see this.

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