Kevin was quite nostalgic about being back in the cave. He worked there so long as a tour guide and could still tell us lots of cool cave facts.
The boys thought the cave was awesome. Cody wished he were a bat, so he could live in the cave. Caleb enjoyed discovering stalagmites, stalactites, columns, popcorn, soda straws, bacon, drapery, etc. cave formations. Caleb already knew stalagmites (might reach the ceiling) and stalactites (stick tight to the ceiling) from a cave book he had read.
Hopefully we can go back again and try a different tour. Every tour has a different part of the cave and you see totally different formations and cave system.
Before we left town, we went to visit Papaw Burrell. The boys had a good time talking to him about the mischievous things he did as a boy. He told us how all the kids in the neighborhood would meet at his house every morning, then they would all go play up in the mountains (Eastern Kentucky). He said it was surprising that none of them ever saw a bear or wild cat. Before the kids went home in the evening, they would help Burrell with his chores. Which would be to tend the garden and pick from the fruit trees. As thanks, they would send home fruit and vegetables. These kids were very poor, so I am sure that was like a gold mine to come home with fresh healthy food for the family. Papaw has a treasure trove of stories like that and I always love when he is in the mood to tell some.