We had planned to do Southern Lights in Lexington (a ride through the horse park with lights galore to ooo and ahhh about) while Tim and Lisa were here so we decided that we would do Lights Under Louisville in place of that. We didn't know what Lights Under Louisville was but we decided to find out! Our timing was perfect as was our location -- it opened at 6:00 pm and it was about 5:50 pm when we drove out of Wendy's parking lot, turned right and we were practically in line for the the place! WOO HOO!
After doing a little research, I now know that during the Cuban Missile Crisis, (back when I was a babe in arms in 1962) the caverns served as bomb shelter - at least for those lucky enough to have a reservation- just in case the need arose. Obviously it wasn't needed but over the past 20 years, recycled concrete, brick, block, car parts, non-organic waste, rock and dirt have been dropped off and been used to fill in holes and create floors and internal roads in the 17 mile cavern. Apparently that is where a lot of Louisville's non-biodegradable waste has gone...to make floors and roads in the bomb-shelter. Who knew? We've lived in Kentucky for 15 years now and we never knew!
So we drove through the awesome Mega Cavern to see the Christmas lights...
The last sight leaving the cavern is a big lit up
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS sign...
just after the over sized, colorfully lit Menorah. :)
There was a little something for everyone at the Mega Cavern. I am thinking it is Louisville's best kept secret!
P.S. For anyone that wonders, in Kentucky we do not say
Louis-ville or Lu-ee-ville.
It's more like Lu-a-vull.
That is how you can tell the difference between the old timers and the newcomers!
But, well take you any way you say it! :)