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.


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

  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!

  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.

  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.

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

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

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

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

  9. I love places like that! How fun!

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

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

  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!

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

  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!

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

  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!



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