June 5, 2011
87 degrees and partly cloudy but humid
ABOUT THE TRIP:
“Luray, Luray, Luray, Luray, if we go to Luray, will you stop saying Luray?!” says Dave. “Yes, I will!” And so that is how we ended up going to Luray. It wasn’t as early of a start as we had liked because we were gulping down margaritas and were having a bit too much fun at Dave’s graduation party last night. Congrats again Dave on your MBA! So we headed out at around 9:30 am. We arrived at Luray around 11:30 am. I have to reserve a moment of silence for the poor little squirrel who Dave desperately tried to avert. The beeping horn and the split second decision as to which way to turn the wheel just wasn’t enough to prevent well…you know. RIP Ricky the Squirrel.
We thought for sure that we were going to end up in a long line, but we purchased our tickets and stood in line for less than 5 minutes! Our tour group consisted of roughly 20 people. We hung out in the back of the group in order to properly document the event. We gave up hearing the tour guides spiel in order to show you what we saw!! You’re welcome! The cave was spectacular. Can we say, Stalagmites, Stalactites, and Helictites oh my! This place is a must-see and a true geological gem. Our tour was about an hour long and afterwards we headed over to the Car and Carriage Museum as well as the Frontier Museum across the street. The car museum was cool. It’s a fast walk-through and they have a rare and substantial collection. The Frontier Museum nicely displayed and housed the typical furniture/clothing/tools/weapons of the 19th and early 20th century. Other than the museum, there’s not much else to see. There are the obligatory parent tourist traps, i.e the $7.00/person Garden Maze and the $7.00 “mine for gold and gems” at the museum. I would have liked to walk the maze, but c’mon–$7.00?
WHAT WE BROUGHT:
- Canon Powershot SD1000
- 1 Camelbak without the bladder
- 2 PBJs
- a bag of almonds
- Fleeces (the caves are a constant 54 degrees)
- Comfy clothes
Obviously the cave! Dream Lake was definitely our favorite site on the tour. The water is perfectly still which creates a mirrored image of the stalactites above. The bellies of the cave (the really large and open parts) were also spectacular sites.
[info] Bring a light jacket, sweater, or hoodie as it gets chilly in the cave! [/info]
LIVE AND LEARN:
Had we left earlier, we may have tried to squeeze a hike in as we were in Shenandoah, but other than that, we have no regrets!
SHOW ME THE DOUGH:
Fuel cost: 180 miles round trip = $24.00
Tickets X 2= $34.50. (HINT: We used our Giant card and got one of our tickets for half off!)
1 magnet= $3.14