In hindsight, a trip to a cave for spring break might not have been the best idea considering my claustrophobia.
Yes, I love exploring and adventuring as much as the next guy.
But tight quarters with more than 100 of my fellow human beings fighting for the same space and air is more than I can handle.
My claustrophobia set in after I worked in Ukraine as a reporter at the Kyiv Post in 2004.
I attended a rally in Maidan with a million people and got sucked into the crowd. I was swept off my feet and carried for many yards against my will.
Something from that moment stuck with me, and I hate crowds to this day.
A secondary, albeit lesser, phobia is of being on something like a bus, train or plane where I cannot leave the trip at any moment of my choosing.
The standard Mammoth Cave National Park tour provides the perfect setting for both of these scenarios.
The Historical Tour, which we signed up for, often features more than 100 people and two guides.
Though it does go through the larger caverns of Mammoth Cave, there are a few parts where you do not want to be stuck with 50 people in front of you and 50 people behind you.