The VW van is gassed up and The Bearded Man is four hours into his eight hour drive from Shenandoah NP in Virginia, to Mammoth Cave NP, Kentucky - Where horses, bourbon and basketball form a three-headed king.  Kentucky is also home to over two million people with two first names.     

The first human entered Mammoth Cave about 4,000 years ago (this according to William Shatner who actually witnessed the event).  Since then millions of visitors have been humbled by the strange beauty of Cathedral Domes, Cedar Sink and the majestic uncut forests of Big Woods. The Bearded Man - a wildlife enthusiast and generous man - has been informed that the park is home to several flying squirrels.  He will be stopping in Lexington, Kentucky to purchase 12 pair of tiny goggles as a gesture of friendship.