Posted by: millspaw | April 30, 2015

A Grand Adventure to the Grand Canyon: Day 24 and 25

April 26, 2015

Maple Springs Campground

Mammoth Caves, KY

Last night was full of thunderstorms and wind, knocking small branches off of the trees. We spent about an hour in the morning watching gobblers in the campground in full display. Then the deer came to eat as squirrels scampered around. None of them are very afraid of us.

The morning was cool and cloudy so we decided to find a laundromat. We knew they had one at the Park Office, but that was about an hour away. We decided to see if we could ride the ferry across the river.



I had never seen this type of road sign before. Unfortunately, they said it was too rough loading and would hit under our camper causing damage. We had to drive around.

We didn’t have to go the whole way around. The small town of Brownville, halfway around, had a laundromat in an apartment complex and a car wash took the dollars I had saved so we could get quarters. We have been surprised at the number of washing facilities that didn’t have change machines!

We had a nice 3 hour, 12 mile ride today. We started at the Maple Springs Trail that turned into the Raymer Hollow Trail. We then followed Collie Trail across to the Buffalo Creek Trail and back to camp. The sun came out and it warmed up to 60 degrees. We were able to gait at the beginning and the end with a nice steep climb and decent in between. The horses are in such good shape that this didn’t bother them at all. A steak dinner on the grill finished a perfect day.

The area is so great for gaiting and pretty that we decided to stay another day.

April 27, 2015

Maple Springs Campground

Mammoth Caves, KY

The day dawned without a cloud in the sky and the turkeys strutting again. This time I got out the camera and took some great pictures. These two Toms hung around as Dan called to them. Both are Trophy Toms, for sure.

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We took the horses to “The Homestead” today. There is not much left except an old well. It is fun to imagine what life was like back then. Our ride was 12 miles today. Some places were very muddy. We always hose off the horses legs to check for nicks and ticks. Here Stoney enjoys a snack while he gets hosed off.


We got back in time for lunch and a nap. I had time to work on my watercolor of the Grand Canyon and before I went to bed, I found a tick on me.

It is pretty hard to not feel itchy and worried when you have a tick. I did the research and found that I should have saved it on a piece of tape in case I develop symptoms late. There are actually three kinds of ticks here, deer ticks, dog ticks and lone star ticks.

We have decided on just one more day here. Tomorrow we will take an all-day ride and pack a lunch.



  1. I’m surprised people drive through that.

    • The ferry is the flat barge with the little booth on the left. The cars drive onto it and it takes them to the other side.

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