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.
Ann Michele is originally from Russellville and she came to Bowling Green to attend Western Kentucky University. She was hired to work at Lost River Cave for an internship from Western Kentucky University. Working at Lost River Cave has helped Ann Michele complete the requirements for her degree in Hospitality Management. Ann Michele received her diploma in the mail last Saturday. Ann Michele has worked both as a cashier and as an assistant in the back office.
Q &A with Ann Michele
What originally brought you to Lost River Cave? This summer I was looking for a job that would fulfill my internship and it either had to be at a hotel, a restaurant or a tourism venue, and I chose a tourism venue which brought me to Lost River Cave.
How is Lost River Cave different from any other employer you’ve ever had? Everyone here that I work with, I’ve really enjoyed being around them and getting to know them. Coming to work has been fun and exciting, and it doesn’t always feel like a job, it’s also a place where I can hang out with friends.
Have your thoughts on caves or nature changed at all since you’ve been here? Yes, it’s definitely inspired me to want to go and see other caves in the area. Working here has made me want to explore more outdoor activities.
Have you had any memorable visitors during your time working here? Yes there was a little girl who did the Junior Tour Guide program, and when she finished the program, we gave her the patch and certificate. We told her that over the gift shop intercom, she would repeat what we told her to say. We started out with “I pledge…” and before we could tell her what to say next, she kept going and said the entire Pledge of Allegiance. Everyone had their attention on her, it was cute and hilarious.
What do you think the WORST corny cave joke is? I don’t know if it’s a joke, but I like “don’t rock the boat, don’t tip the boat, don’t rock the boat baby.”
Have you had much opportunity to travel, if so where to, or where would you like to go? The only traveling I’ve done has been in the United States. I’d really like to go to Washington, DC. That’s the one place so far that’s really been on my mind.
For visitors reading this, do you have any recommendation for where to tour/eat/explore in the Bowling Green area or all of Kentucky? I recommend to go and eat at Montana Grill, and Mariah’s. Definitely check out Western Kentucky University’s campus also because it’s a beautiful place to go and walk around.
Any last words of wisdom for your visitors reading this? Yes! This is where you get your boat tour tickets!