Friday, April 17, 2009

Spelunking! - well, sort of - not really...

The kids are on Spring Break this week and we've done a few fun things with them as a 'stay-cation', if you will. I was really itching to GO somewhere and leave the laundry and cooking and cleaning behind, but we decided it's just not practical yet with two diaper-wearing nappers. On Tuesday we went to a local 'Discovery' museum, out to lunch, and then I took Evie and William with me to paint pottery, which was so much fun! Of course, harried Mom that I am, we didn't bring the camera, so no pictures. I will post pics of the pottery next week when I pick them up after firing.

But yesterday (it finally stopped raining - YEAH!) we went to Luray Caverns! What a neat place - you walk a 1.25 mile path underground past all these AMAZING stalactite and stalagmite formations. I just cannot comprehend that someone discovered this hole in the ground in the 1870's and crawled in there with a candle to explore. Brave like that I am not. Anyway - you take an audio tour (everyone gets their own headset) through the place, and it's really just incredible to think that such a wonder is just sitting there underground for you to discover. The kids had a fantastic time. Here are some of the pictures we took, and visit their website if you'd like to know more! Oh, and the picture at the very bottom - the color is really weird, sorry, I took it through the van window - it's a photo of a single-wide un-mobile home with a roof built over it! I am not joking! Check it out.



Matt with Sarah (back-packed) in the hall of Giants


Me and the rest of the gang, hall of Giants


Me, dueling cameras with Matt


Fried eggs

Dream Lake - this was SO amazing!
The bottom is all a reflection in just a few inches of water


Sarah and Matt


Evie and William, listening to the tour


and finally - the (un)mobile home with a roof. Seriously.

17 comments:

  1. Awesome! We went to the Carlsbad Caverns once in New Mexico, and it was truly breathtaking (and not a little scary, at times).

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  2. What a pretty family! and how smart to carry the little ones on your backs!

    and your kiddos artwork below is great! I love how you framed it!

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  3. We are looking for activities to do on our stay-cation as well. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! I think the artwork is beautiful, and you can always change it up if you want, I think I may have to "steal" this idea.

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  4. Can't... breathe...walls, ceiling closing in... where's the daylight? Air!! Must get out of here... aaagggghhh!
    No thank you on the Closterphobia Caverns. (Also, didn't you see the Descent?!)
    I have caught my breath enough to LMAO at the photos of such an interesting dwelling though.

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  5. Wow, what a beautiful place to visit! :) Thank you for your sweet comments on my maternity photos. :)

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  6. How fun! We homeschool, and are always looking for fun "field trips". That looks amazing!

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  7. Great cave! We have hit all within a day drive of columbus. We want to get to mammoth caves.

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  8. That cave looks awesome. Great fun on spring break.

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  9. I love places like that! How fun!

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  10. We love those Caverns too. I used to take my students on field trips there.
    Great place.

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  11. We've been to Carlsbad Caverns as well and would love to take my son someday. I love stay-cations. Looks like fun!!

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  12. I so loved my trip to a similar cave when I was a child.

    I wish there was one close enough to take my little darlings to. Although I'm sure they would fight to the point of someone being impaled on a stalagmite so it's probably best there's not!

    What a great stay-vacation!

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  13. Sounds like you have been having a great Spring break! I know how hard it can be to travel with 2 nappers!

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  14. Ok, the "un-mobile" home is cracking me up. Aren't you guys a bunch of cutie-patooties! We have some caverns like that around here, Fantastic Caverns is what they're called. It's really a cool thing to do. There are some onyx caves up in Arkansas that are really cool to look at too. A stay-cation is nice. I'm with you though. I'm ready to get away and leave the house and all the duties behind.

    Hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend!

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  15. How super amazing!!! I would love to see something like that! Your family is adorable!!!

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  16. We did the same thing on our Spring Break- we went the The Natural Bridge Caverns here in Texas. They were fantastic!!

    Have a great week!

    Becca

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