Summer is the busiest season at Lost River Cave, and we can’t say thank you enough to the staff for their hard work. Lost River Cave recognizes wonderful individuals who keep us afloat, from tour guides to cashiers to maintenance.
Danny Dressler is originally from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and he came to Bowling Green to attend Western Kentucky University. He is currently studying Outdoor Recreation. He is a supervisor, and he has now worked for almost a year as a tour guide at Lost River Cave.
Q &A with Danny Dressler
What originally brought you to Lost River Cave? I wanted a job that I could use as a reference for future positions in the outdoor recreation field.
How is Lost River Cave different from any other employer you’ve ever had? I have a lot more freedom. I get to display my personality in my work, and I get to do what I love to do (be outdoors) all day long.
Have your thoughts on caves or nature changed at all since you’ve been here? Not really. I came in with a pretty nature-oriented mind; maybe working here has strengthened my conservation efforts.
Have you had any memorable visitors during your time working here? I had some people from New Zealand come and take my tour, and it was pretty cool to see people from the complete opposite side of the world come see Lost River Cave.
What do you think the WORST corny cave joke is? “What do you call a fish with no eyes? A FSH!”
Have you had much opportunity to travel, if so where to? Or, where would you like to go? I’ve been to India in 2009 to do some journalism work, and I would love to travel to Southeast Asia.
For visitors reading this, do you have any recommendation for where to tour/eat/explore in the Bowling Green area or all of Kentucky? To eat there are lots of good places here. I would definitely recommend Mariah’s or Home Café. And while you are in the area, I would recommend checking out some of the other caves, particularly Mammoth Cave and Diamond Caverns. I would also recommend checking out Red River Gorge because there are a lot of outdoor activities like climbing, hiking and backpacking.
Any last words of wisdom for your visitors reading this? I would explore the backcountry roads as much as you can. Take the offbeat path.