I know that some of you (Hi, Mom!) have been waiting for a Luray Caverns post. Never one to let down my readers, I will present to you The Tale of the Way Coolest Adventure in the Way Coolest and Most Bad Ass Place Ever!
Notice how eager and excited Team Stimey—or Team Surly, as I sometimes call them—looks in this photo. Please take note of my vise-like grip on two of them. Don’t we look happy and relaxed?
We were Alex was smart enough to pack us a picnic lunch before our million-hour drive to the caverns. Unfortunately, we sat down to have our picnic near some Boy Scouts. I’m treading on thin ice even bringing this up here because Alex and I have a very serious issue when it comes to the Boy Scouts. This is not something you want to mention to him if you are a visitor to my home.
I wish this photo more adequately captured the look on his face. Surly indeed.
I think part of the surly was also because Alex was convinced that we were embarking on a super-lame trip. He thought the caverns were going to be dumb and, I quote, “Fifty dollars we’ll never see again.” He changed his tune almost immediately once we went down in the caverns.
I took about a million photos, but they all kind of look like this:
If you haven’t scrolled down to the next photo yet, wait a minute. Let me ask you a question first. If you had a child who tends to wander away from you and you were going into a dank underground cave, what would you dress him in?
Would it be camouflage?
You don’t have to make reservations to go to Luray Caverns, and kids five and under are free. Plus, if you take your Giant card, your second adult ticket is half price. There are signs posted that say that tours happen every five to 20 minutes, but there were no guide-led tours when we were there. Everyone who paid for a ticket gets a self-guided audio tour.
And if your child, who didn’t pay for a ticket, looks hopeful enough and you kinda beg, they will give you an audio player for him too.
He wore it for about three minutes. Eventually Alex and I both had extra audio players around our necks. Alex listened to the adult version of the tour. Sam and I listened to the kid version. It was fascinating.
But mostly we just looked around in awe.
Of course, one of the things the kid audio tour tells you about is the “ghost” of Luray Caverns. That ghost is a white column. But Sam didn’t know that when he told Quinn about it. Quinn immediately decided he wanted to go home.
“Is there a ghost? Is there a ghost?” he kept asking.
“No, sweetie, there’s not,” I would say.
“But, Mom! The thing says there’s a ghost!” Sam would insist.
And then we were right back to, “Is there a ghost? Is there a ghost? I wanna go home.”
And so on.
I have to say, Luray Caverns was way cool. Alex agrees that it was way cool. Other than a little nervousness about there maybe being a ghost, my kids thought it was way cool. You should go.
It’s kind of a trip to think about caverns like that just existing under the ground. The formations that water and rock can create are phenomenal. The natural world is pretty incredible.
It was a good end to Ology Week at Camp Stimey.