The distillery in full steam

We left Michigan to get out of the cold, but the second night of our trip was cold once again. After spending our first evening with the Cunnigan’s in Elizabethtown and after touring the Maker’s Mark Distillery in beautiful rural Kentucky, we journeyed further south to Mammoth Cave National Park looking to see some caves. Unfortunately we arrived too late for a cave tour so we decided to stay the night. The main campgrounds were closed for the season, but free backcountry sites were still available to anyone willing to brave the woods. That sounded like free parking to us so rather than camp in the cold woods, we choose the van.

green-river-ferry-cautionAs we wound our way back into the sticks towards our campsite, we were supprised to see a sign saying “Road Ends in Water”. Sure enough, the road stopped right in a river. After a moment of confusion, we saw a tiny river ferry on cables, just big enough for two cars or a van, making it’s way across the river to us. The boatman waved us forward and we gleefully drove onto the ferry and crossed the cold water of the Green River with big smiles. We love boats you see. And even on the most rickety of boats we would gladly have taken a ride.


Itsy bitsy little ferry

Shortly after, we reached our site’s parking lot way back in the woods all to ourselves. We went on a short hilly bike ride, made some dinner, and headed to our new bed for the first time. We turned out the lights and my heart dropped. While we had turned on the heater while we were making our bed, the heat still hadn’t kicked on. Instead, the heater’s control panel was blinking with a big ominous red light. We tried everything we knew to do with no luck. Usually in the Commonwealth of Kentucky the average temperature is above freezing, but due to the unusual polar vortex, the whole day sat below freezing. Our first night in the van dipped down to 19 degrees. Glad we brought the warmer comforter!


We did get a great cave tour the next day