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The final zip line of the Louisville MEGA Cavern has two lines strung together so visitors can race each other. We tried to pace each other but Chris wound up winning.

It seems like some of the most odd and interesting things we have found are inside retired mines. Such is the case with the retired crushed rock mine on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky that is now dubbed the Louisville Mega Cavern. The mine operated for over 42 years before trucks stopped taking rocks out of the mine and started bringing used concrete, bricks, dirt, and other material into the retired mine to level out the floor. Today, the mine doubles as a storage facility, benefiting from it’s constant temperature, and an amusement space, hosting tours, ropes course, zip lines, and other activities.

We were invited to take the Mega Zip course which traverses the cavernous remains of the historic room and pillar mining operation. The tour can last up to 2 and a half hours. But, with two enthusiastic guides, there was never a dull moment. The guides managed all the practicalities of hooking to and unhooking from the zip line. So, we could focus on the fun and not the practicalities. That meant time spent gazing out on the vast, eerily lit caverns or cheering on the next person on the zip line.

My greatest regret? Only packing three batteries rather than the four required to power my camera’s flash. This meant, in the dark cavern, I couldn’t captures a decent action shot. Granted, long exposure shots have always been my preference. So I made due.

What do you think? Do you like zip lining? Have you visited the Louisville Mega Cavern?

Looking out over the cavern while waiting for the next zip line.
Looking out over the cavern while waiting for the next zip line.

Colorfully lit pillars highlight the scope of the room and pillar mining by Louisville Crushed Stone.
Colorfully lit pillars highlight the scope of the room and pillar mining by Louisville Crushed Stone.
The final zip line of the Louisville MEGA Cavern has two lines strung together so visitors can race each other.  We tried to pace each other but Chris wound up winning.
The final zip line of the Louisville MEGA Cavern has two lines strung together so visitors can race each other. We tried to pace each other but Chris wound up winning.
The head lamps do give participants an eerie look.
The head lamps do give participants an eerie look.

Along with zip lines, the course included several bridge crossings.
Along with zip lines, the course included several bridge crossings.

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