Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mammoth Cave

f/4.5, 1/80, ISO 400

This past weekend Jake and I along with our friends went camping at Mammoth Cave National Park in southwest Kentucky. We spent two nights by campfire and went on two cave tours.

Planning for what to eat while camping is always a challenge, since refrigeration is not available and I don't trust food that have remained in a cooler for more than a day. The past camping trip, I have always gotten just-add-water "food". Apparently, lots of ice packs and a good cooler will keep for for least a few days.

f/3.5, 1/200, ISO 200

Saturday night we made hobo meal, which consisted of potato, onion, carrots, red pepper, and minced beef. Along with lots of spices, salt, and pepper, the meals were wrapped in heavy duty foil and "bake" for an hour. There are numerous recipes out there, but the ingredients we used are the most common.

f/4.5, 1/30, ISO 280

We went on two cave tours, the Historic Tour was 2 hours long over 2 miles and the Grand Avenue Tour was a "strenuous" 4 mile and 4.5 hours long. Both tours were one of the best adventures I have ever had.

f/6.3, 1/30, ISO 720

DSLR cameras don't work in caves, unless with a speedlight. Needless to say, I took lots of blurry and twilight zone-looking pictures. My favorite part of the tours is going through an area called "Fat Man's Misery". The passage was narrow and every step was a turn. Most people would have to walk sideways. It amazes me how people in the late 1800s used to explore the cave, with oil lamps walking into complete darkness unknowing what was before them.

f/1.8, 1/20, ISO 3200, +0.3EV

Our campfire nights included s'mores, s'mores, and more s'mores. Something about fire roasted marshmallows that makes everything better.

f/3.2, 1/30, ISO 3200, +0.3EV

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