Saturday, January 25, 2014

Spotlight Saturday: Luray Caverns

Welcome to Spotlight Saturday, where I will feature some awesome places and things to do if you are ever in the Washington, DC or Northern Virginia area.  Today, I will share our trip to Luray Caverns.

Luray Caverns is Eastern America's most popular caverns or caves.  My husband and I are lucky to only live about an hour and a half away from this glorious place, so we took a day and drove down for a visit.

In case you aren't familiar with a cavern, it is a very large underground cave caused by the mineral content of seeping groundwater.  These formations on the ground and ceiling are called Stalactites and Stalagmites which are formed by dripping water.

In some parts of the cavern, the ceilings are cathedral height and some of them are just over your head.  I thought I'd get claustrophobic in there, but honestly, you are too busy staring around you and the space is never tight for long.  You are given headphones to listen to a guided tour, but we went without them.  Most of the info they share is featured on plaques throughout the trip.

If you are ever able to visit Luray Caverns, I definitely recommend taking a camera.  There are PLENTY of beautiful photo ops during the tour.  They have benches scattered along the path so you can sit and contemplate this amazing creation.

You are asked not to touch any of the formations.  As you can see, my husband likes to push the limit.  (He didn't actually touch the stalactite - he was just being silly.)

There are very interesting formations down there.  Some are paper-thin and you can nearly see through them.  Others are as thick and round as a hundred-year oak tree.  They also have a wishing well that you can throw change into.  Every year, they clean it out and donate the money to charity. There is a sign next to the well that tells what charity they donated to the previous year and how much money was collected.

Luray features the world's only Stalacpipe Organ, also the world's largest musical instrument.  It plays music several times an hour and sounds beautiful.  The music actually goes through some of the formations on the wall and can be heard all over the cavern.

Here I am, in front of the camera for once, and taking advantage of the beautiful background.

This is an example of the cathedral ceilings.  We are standing on the third level of this particular area of the cavern.  You can see the walkway down below.  The view is absolutely majestic and photos really can't do it justice.

I hope this post has encouraged you to check out our local gem, Luray Caverns, if you are ever in the Northern Virginia area.  If you have already been, a second visit is recommended.  You will see new things every time you go since the formations are always changing.

Have you been to any of the country's caverns?  What was your experience like?  Did you capture some great photos of your adventure?

Until next time,

*I have not been compensated or encouraged to write about my experience by Luray Caverns or anyone affiliated with the caverns.  I just wanted to share some photos and my thoughts of our adventure underground.

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