BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Boat tours of Lost River Cave have been offered for years, but now people can explore the underground river in a different way with the new Kayaking in the Cave Tour.
"It offers such a personal eye window of the cave," said Carlet Hagan of Smiths Grove, who developed the Kayaking in the Cave Tour. "It's kind of free roam. You get to go places the boat can't go. Even if they've been in the cave before, they can see it in a total new perspective."
Lost River Cave received a grant from the General Motors Foundation to buy nine kayaks, and Hagan, an intern at the cave completing a recreation administration degree at Western Kentucky University, created the kayaking tour in just eight weeks.
"All around here, kayaking has been more popular. We just kind of went with the flow with it," she said.
The two-hour tour covers the cave's history and includes activities, such as scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, time trials and kayak basketball.
"It's built for families that need a get-together," Hagan said. "It's built for companies. They can come and have fun team-building exercises."
Several groups have already previewed the Kayaking in the Cave Tour to work out any kinks. During a recent night tour with a group of pre-teen boys, the most popular activity seemed to be kayak basketball, in which participants threw small squeeze balls into each other's kayaks to score.
"It was fun because you had to move around and paddle at the same time as you're trying to score," said Ben Carroll, 12, of Bowling Green.
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