I know absolutely for a fact that I was here in 1980 and even have copies of the photos for proof. I usually have an excellent memory for places I have been to. However, for the life of me, I could not remember anything once I got to the caverns--not the drive in, not the visitor center, not even anything in the cavern!
I took the Big Room self-guided tour, which was just fine. It is a very impressive place, but the photos I took this time were a bit dark, so I am only posting two.
I spent two nights at the Brantley Lake State Park, which was about 35 miles away, but there just wasn't anything decent any closer. It was very deserted, which I like. One reason may have been the low water level and of course it being mid-week. Check out the huge dam that makes this lake:
The earthern part of the dam is at least a mile long. Now check out the water level of the lake:
The lake is that little puddle in the middle, not deep enough for much other than a canoe, certainly not enough for anything with power. The campground was five miles from the nearest main road and very quiet, which is what I like.
And here is another rabbit I managed to sneak a photo of. He was a black-tailed jackrabbit, although I did not see his tail. His ears have a black patch that matches online photos of this species. I noticed him because they stand on their hind legs to eat leaves from shrubs.
Onward tomorrow to Texas!