Kentucky Bobsled Team!


“If it is both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it.”

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Today Toby and the kids did just that. They pursued something slightly terrifying, hugely amazing, and just plain fun.

Our stop Sunday night was in Cave City, Kentucky. Monday we couldn’t board the houseboat until 4:00pm. We knew this and planned accordingly with our schedule allowing for a stop at Mammoth Cave National Park. Near the park we stumbled across KY Action Park, which boasted an Alpine Slide. Toby, having seen YouTube videos of similar slides, had to stop and check it out. When he inquired, and discovered that it was surprisingly affordable, he decided to take the kids on the ride of their lives. 🙂

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I volunteered to be in charge of photographic evidence.

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My kids have all seen the Disney film, Cool Runnings, and with visions of the Jamaican bobsled team in mind some approached the experience with hesitation, others with excitement, and one with pure fear.


Ozzie was scared of the slide, but he was most nervous about the lift he had to take to get to the top of the Alpine Slide.


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All of us with a fear of heights were a bit nervous about the ski lift. It was the first time my kids have ever had to board a moving ski lift but they did it without incident and everyone loved it. I even enjoyed myself and I’m usually terrified of heights. We all felt like the lift was a ride unto itself.

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When we reached the top of the lift everyone disembarked. I got off long enough to get a few photos at the top and then I got back on, for the slow ride down, to get pictures of my racers as they soared down the course.

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Tyler went first, living up to his reputation as family daredevil. Once the rest of the kids confirmed that Tyler  had survived the trip down, they took their turn. 🙂

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Rusty recorded his ride down the Alpine Slide using the GoPro camera he purchased for himself at the beginning of the summer. This was just the sort of experience that camera was designed for.

(Check out his ride at the end of the post)

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When everyone, including Toby, reached the end of the run they all reboarded the ski lift for a second run.

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Now that everyone had experienced it once, and survived, they were all eager to try it again.

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This time I stayed at the bottom of the slide and took pictures of them coming down the hill.


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I could hear them coming before I saw them coming.

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When everyone had finished their second run we climbed back on the ski lift for the relaxing and scenic ride back to the entrance of the park.

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The excited chatter was continuous as we walked back to the car.

“Thank you, Daddy!” the children chorused, “That was the coolest thing we’ve ever done.”



That’s what we call…Cool Runnings!

“Feel the rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! Get on up, it’s bobsled time! Cool Runnings!”

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