Before our summer season of volunteers begins, we grabbed the chance to have a bit of family vacation. Since we have lived in Kentucky for ten years, we figured we should take in the world heritage site of Mammoth Cave. To quote Stephen Bishop, an early guide, the cave is “grand, gloomy, and peculiar.” The tour guide shared interesting tidbits of information, and it was an adventure squeezing through narrow passages and climbing and descending hundreds of steps.
Being part of the National Park System, there is more to Mammoth Cave than what is underground. There are also trails to hike and beautiful sights to see above ground.
After our time away, we returned home to welcome my husband’s parents for a visit. Our youngest celebrated his ninth birthday with presents, lasagna, and ice cream cake. Since school is out, there has been lots of time for play including match box car races, marble track, and trampoline.
The garden has yielded some beautiful produce. The bountiful rains have filled out the radishes and strawberries and caused the greens and herbs to produce large leaves.
Our last home school group meeting was a field trip to Pine Mountain Settlement School where we toured their agricultural initiatives including gardens, chickens, honey bees, and hoop houses. A gorgeous, sunny day after several rainy days was a welcome treat.