Images from Mammoth Cave National Park.

March 5-19, 2003

The largest cave system in the world is right under our noses. Between Louisville and Nashville off of Interstate 65 in Mammoth Cave Kentucky. Scott found that early March is not a busy tourist season at the Park, so he was able to enjoy some solitude while staying as Artist in Residence for two weeks.

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In the photos above and left, we see the feature known as Cleveland Avenue.This room takes you deep into other main nearby chambers of the cave. Tough to draw in these low light conditions, but Scott suceeds in capturing the essence of the geology. Scott was allowed to work inside the cave only through special permission of the Park Service's Ann Davis. Usually only tour groups are allowed inside the caves. No chance to stop and paint.

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If you want to cross the Green River here, you'll have to take your chances on Houchins Ferry. Hou cares?
Well my friend, John D. Houchins was known as the best flatboat pilots on the Green River. He established Houchins Ferry as early as 1815 and it's still in use. (Although it is said that old John is not.)
Anyhou, when a boy J.D. Houchins was chasin' an old wounded b'ar and it vanished into a hole, and wouldn;t you know it, the boy had discovered Mammoth Cave! (Minor credit to the b'ar, who knew it was there all along.)

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Well Scott didn't see any bears, but he did see the "aero bridge ascent" while in the cave and drew us this picture of same. After a seven hour caving marathon, he commented:

"Pilates Schmilates, crawling is tough!"

It sure is.

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When it was designated as a National Park in 1941 there were actual people living within the parks borders. The vestiges of their lives remain in these churches and cemeteries kept up as an outdoor museum. Not everything worth seeing in the park is underground!
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The photo above is of the Joppa Missionary Baptist Church, founed in 1862. The church on the left is the Good Spring United Baptist Church established in 1842.

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This church is the Mammoth Cave Baptist Church. They're not "united" or "missionary" and that's because they were there first! Founded in 1827, they couldn't even get a softball league started for 15 years. Nothing but inter-team scrimmages for all those years...

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And now, back to nature. Scott found an observation platform which overlooked the beautiful Green River at a place called "Turn Key Bend". One way to paint when it's threatening to rain is to set up the easel on the deck, nice and close to the lightning! We've got three pictures to show you, and a website with a live webcam. You can see the Green River for yourself by clicking here.

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