Luray Caverns: Escaping Underground

Dream lake in luray caverns.  The stalactites are reflected in the shallow lake underneath.

We decided to get out of the house yesterday and take a drive. It’s been a stressful few weeks at Chez Lawver and we needed a break. So, we piled the boys in the car with snacks, paper, pens and books and headed out to the country to go play in a cave. We’ve lived here for eight years, and I didn’t realize how close we are to the mountains. Silly Kevin.\
The drive was less than two hours, with great scenery on all sides, and only about half of it on a major highway.\
The boys were lovely, as usual, and they both loved the cave. Brian was constantly tugging on us to “walk faster” so we could see more. They were constantly looking up, around and pointing at stuff for us to look at.\
I took over three hundred pictures and only ninety or so came out. I uploaded fifty of them over on flickr. Jen says they look better than the postcards she didn’t buy (which makes me really happy). I tried to avoid using the flash, except when I was taking pictures of people. I think they came out pretty well.\
Luray Caverns also has a little car museum… emphasis on little. Brian pointed out almost every car saying “I want that for my birthday!” excitedly. Well, I’d love a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost too, kid, but that ain’t happenin’ any time soon. I did get some good shots of hood ornaments though. My personal favorite is the archer on the front of the Pierce Arrow.\
We’re planning on taking more day trips out to the middle of nowhere in the near future. Suggestions are welcome!

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By Kevin Lawver

Web developer, Software Engineer @ Gusto, Co-founder @ TechSAV, husband, father, aspiring social capitalist and troublemaker.


  1. Try southwest VA. Well worth the ~ 4 hrs or so from here and tons of stuff to see/do. And fall’s the best time to drive down there 🙂

  2. Remind me what kind of camera you have again?? Mine is in a sad state of dying and after seeing your ability to take CAVE PICTURES above all, I think I want one like you… unless it cost a bajillion dollars.

  3. If your family likes caves, there’s lots to choose from along the Shenandoah. Skyline Caverns, near where 66 meets Skyline Drive, has some cool formations called Anthodites that I’ve never seen anywhere else, though the rest of the cave is ho-hum. Endless Caverns, down near Harrisonburg, is great – I liked that one even more than Luray. Plus, there’s plenty more where those came from!

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