Luray Caverns: 6/20/09
Last summer, I also took a trip to Luray Caverns in Virginia. From Wikipedia:
Luray Caverns, originally called Luray Cave, is a large, celebrated commercial cave just west of Luray, Virginia, USA, which has drawn many visitors since its discovery in 1878. The underground cavern system is generously adorned with speleothems (columns, mud flows, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, mirrored pools, etc). The caverns are perhaps best known for the Great Stalacpipe Organ, a lithophone made from solenoid fired strikers that tap stalactites of various sizes to produce tones similar to those of xylophones, tuning forks, or bells.
The gist of it: it’s a really cool (literally) cave with lots of hangy-stuff. It’s also huge.
“Dream Lake” – this part of the cave is towards the
beginning of the self-guided tour. When you see it
in person, it’s deceptive – the water is very shallow,
but you can’t see into it.
If you look, in the very bottom left-hand corner, you
can see the railing. What you can’t see is that the
walkway winds around and descends 15 feet below that.
I’d really like to know if their lighting professional
will come and light up my house like this.
Sadly, I didn’t get any good photos of the draperies (er,
stone-draperies). We were hustled through by a group of
schoolchildren. No photos of the organ, either, but I can
attest to it’s highly eerie sound. It echoes all through-
out the caves, whether you are in the area or not.
Highly popular “fried eggs” formation. I checked. It
“Wishing Well” From Wikipedia: The Wishing Well is a
green pond with coins three feet deep at the bottom.
Like Dream Lake, the well also gives an illusion,
however it is reversed. The pond looks 3-4 feet deep
but at its deepest point it is actually 6-7 feet deep.