We've always said one day we'd go to the caverns. And I really couldn't think of a better time. Just me and my dad got to go on a short father-daughter adventure, which is a cherished, rare occasion. Of all the caverns in the area (5 or so to choose from) we decided on Luray Caverns since they seemed the most popular and largest around. The brochure sold us.
However the pictures couldn't even compare. It was simply a breathtaking place. It amazes me that nature just makes places like this underground, with dirt and water. There were some places still shining with water dripping down the rock, meaning they are still active and growing formations. Though one cubic inch will take 120 years to form. Walking through these stunning rock formations was experiencing nature doing it's finest work.
In 1878, three men noticed a rush of cold air coming out of a sinkhole. Taking a candle Andrew Campbell was the first to enter the caverns. Walking through this amazing place, Dad and I couldn't help but thinking about 1878. How unjust a 5 foot radius of candlelight would be to the grand sights. Never being able to see the caverns in their entirety. Continuing on that thought, how glorifying that first time the electricity ran through the caverns lighting up the entire space must have been. I couldn't even imagine what those first witness must have experienced. A this natural beauty, untouched, finally being able to be seen in its true form, must have been a humbling moment for anyone and a proud one for mother nature.
To plan a trip of your own visit Luraycaverns.com
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(Dream Lake is only about a foot and a half deep, but since the water runs so slowly, there is an exact reflection of the ceiling. It is shown in the photo above and the three below)
(Wishing Well where all proceeds go to charity)
(Sunny Side Up-We touched it...shhh!)
(Mud turned to rock)
My dream job being a wine bottle label designer, I appreciated these bottles. I really like the illustrative way the caverns are depicted. They may now show the caverns grandeur but they do show their beauty.