Mammoth Cave National Park: Year-Round Air Conditioning

The dark clouds are above us as we approached the Mammoth Cave visitor center. The threat of rain is hovering over us but fear not – Most of this park is indoors, and naturally air-conditioned!

Fortunately, we did our research ahead and booked the tour before we got there. Nearly all tours were booked for the morning with only a few left in the afternoon. While it was a warm summer day, most visitors carried a sweatshirt with them. It will be important in a few minutes.

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Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park – The Park That Is Not A Swamp

The rain was light but constant as we approached the park in mid-morning on a Monday. As we leave the relative hustle and bustle of Columbia, South Carolina, the traffic melted away and the trees became thicker. The air is musty and the crowd is — well, not there. The parking lot is nearly empty. The entrance is unassuming, just to the side of the road. What can we expect? Where are the people?

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park: Deep and Blue

An enormous eruption 7,700 years ago created Crater Lake, when massive pressure under the 12,000 foot Mount Mazama caused a circle of vents to form and started to spew lava. Eventually, enough vents formed around the mountain in a circular pattern and when enough lava flowed out, the entire top of the mountain collapsed and formed a deep, circular hole. Over time, rain water filled the hole to create a lake.

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