Crawling through tight passages with sharp, and sometimes unstable, rock tearing at your hands, elbows, knees, and back might not be your cup of afternoon tea; or grasping blindly through a maze of subterranean passages that might just produce fruit, but most likely will not. Constantly pulling at a pair of kneepads that are a size too small and rubbing your skin raw. Then there’s that claustrophobic thing that chews subtlety at the back of your mind as darkness becomes reality, and you begin to question your intent. This reality becomes a key player in your desire to continue forward or retreat like a whipped hound puppy. It’s just as easy to call it a day.
Caving, or spelunking, is a labor of love and best left for those with an overwhelming desire to push forward and discover the possibilities. Exploring the realm of the paranormal has pieces of that same mind-set, and if the two areas would just happen to overlap—well…bonus!
SyFy Channel’s Ghost Mine has opened the possibilities that the spiritual world extends not only from the surface world but also underground regions. Presently into its second season the show explores the theory (and after all, the paranormal is a hodge podge of theories) of miners from the fog of the past that have invested their sweat, labor, and literal souls in their drive for success, consequently leaving something of themselves behind after their mortal bodies perished. It might have been a sudden tragic accident while underground that caused their demise, or just an outpouring of their emotion that was embedded into the subterranean environment, but none the less, they have not happily moved along. And, much like hauntings of the above ground variety, these can be just as compelling and interesting. It would seem they have something to say.
Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is one such place of “mysterious” circumstances and for hundreds of years has its share of ghost stories. It’s a one tank trip (at least one way) from Indianapolis and has had quite the tumultuous and interesting past that will leave history buffs frothing at the mouth. And for those of us who chase the paranormal possibilities—they are laid out like a fine table setting.
In part two we will explore a brief history of the Mammoth Cave area and the events that fell into place that put an end to the Kentucky cave wars. Stephen Bishop (caver extraordinaire) and the ambitious tuberculosis hospital will be highlighted, as well as the tragic demise of Floyd Collins. All ingredients for a robust haunting. And of course…those Mammoth Cave ghost stories.
The truth lies just below the surface.
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