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.
Jessica Paull first began working as a cashier at Lost River Cave last July. She is currently attending Western Kentucky University studying Sociology. Jessica is originally from Summer Shade, Kentucky.
Q & A with Jessica
What originally brought you to Lost River Cave? I moved up here for school, and it was close to where I lived, so I applied. It seemed interesting, so I applied and got the job.
How is Lost River Cave different from any other employer you’ve ever had? Oh a lot. It’s actually a fun job, a place you don’t care to come to every day. You meet all sorts of nice happy people. At my other job it was the opposite.
Have your thoughts on caves or nature changed at all since you’ve been here? Greatly. Caves seem a lot more fun and interesting to me now, and I spend a lot more time outside in nature as well.
Have you had any memorable visitors during your time working here? Oh my goodness, there have been a lot! There is always the visitors that come from different countries, and there is a language barrier which is difficult to overcome. There was a lady the other day that was very memorable, she came to Lost River Cave when she was a Western student and helped clean out the garbage in the 1990s. She came back and was absolutely amazed at what had become of Lost River Cave since then. She was so excited.
What do you think the WORST corny cave joke is? “What is the difference between a column and a pillar in the cave? A column is when a stalactite and a stalagmite grow together. A pillar is what we sleep on here in Kentucky.”
Have you had much opportunity to travel, if so, where to? Or, where would you like to go?
I’ve been to Mexico, and I learned that some Mexicans think of KFC when they think of Kentucky. As soon as I’d say I was from Kentucky they’d say “Oh, KFC?” I would love to go to Bora Bora (a Caribbean island). It is absolutely gorgeous and you can rent huts over water for a night, and I think those are amazing. I’m sure you can do that everywhere, but I want to go to Bora Bora.
For visitors reading this, do you have any recommendation for where to tour/eat explore in the Bowling Green area or all of Kentucky? Chaney’s Dairy Barn, I love it. I also love Montana Grille right here in Bowling Green, and also Lost River Pizza Co. which is right up the road!
Any last words of wisdom for your visitors reading this? While you are here you can always enjoy the dog park if you have a dog. It’s right at the end of our greenways trail. Your dogs can play with other dogs in a fenced in area. In my case I have a six-month-old pug, so she gets all of her energy out before we go home.