If you happen to be in the Virginia area, don't fail to visit their caverns. I highly recommend Luray, Endless and Skyline Caverns just because I have visited all three. To my experience, each cavern has a specialty. Luray is known for its impressive, almost gigantic formations. Endless for it's name alone "endless" passageways and a fossilized mammoth's tooth. Skyline for its Anthodites (a.k.a. Orchids of the Mineral Kingdom) - that radiate spike formations resembling flowers, which I will be featuring on my next entry (Source: http://www.virginia.org/site/features.asp?featureid=30). I like visiting caverns because it reminds me of the caves I've visited in Sagada. I guess it's a process I do to ease my yearning for my mom's hometown.
Upon turning into Skyline Caverns' entrance, my eyes were easily diverted to the colorful trees surrounding the entrance. Fall is so prominent in the Blue Ridge Mountain area.
This house serves both as lobby and entry way into the caverns. Most caverns I've visited in this area have houses built on the caverns' entrances. At Skyline Caverns, there's a gift shop near the lobby that you can peruse while you wait for your tour to begin.
Entrance to the caverns.
I was greeted with winding paths and colorful ceilings.
Excellent lighting really helps to enhance the cave experience.
Once inside, it felt like walking into a different world. The air inside is much cooler, and I couldn't help expressing my oohs and aahs.
Looking up the ceiling. I found taking photos inside the cave very challenging. Also, when I started editing my photos, I had a hard time identifying what part (ceiling or pathway) of the cave did I take a photo of.
At some point, I was trying to catch my breath. Caverns do have uphills and downhills too.
One of the five streams inside the cave. If you have an active imagination, you can see the Nativity Scene on this photo.
To be continued...
To be continued...
Children (7-13): $8.00
Children (Under 6): Free
10344 Stonewall Jackson Hwy,
Front Royal, VA 22630