“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir
I love the nature. I love mountains. There is no better feeling than feeling so small and at peace while surrounded by our Earth’s beauty.
Needless to say, Shenandoah National Park was the part of the trip that I was most looking forward to visiting. We did not drive the entire length of Skyline Drive, just the middle section from Swift Run to Thornton Gap. It was beautiful! We made so many stops for pictures at the overlook. We did the Stony Man hike. It was a easy hike with breathtaking views.
After the morning in the park, we went on a tour at Luray Caverns. It is amazing to think of what is just below the Earth’s surface. When you think of caverns, you often think of the words dark and gloomy. These caverns were so full of color and beauty. The tour was very informative on the discovery and upkeep of the caverns. At one point, the chamber gets so large that they are able to have wedding ceremonies there using music from their Great Stalacpipe Organ. This is from their website… “The Great Stalacpipe Organ is the world’s largest musical instrument. It literally makes stalactites sing by gently tapping them throughout three acres of the caverns.” It is worth a visit! Remember to bring a jacket if you are dressed for summer weather.
We needed food before heading home, so we grabbed lunch at Uncle Buck’s Family Restaurant. It reminded me of a place that I would go to in my own town… nothing impressive to look at, but filled with great food! I cannot remember what I had, but I remembers the portions were HUGE and DELICIOUS! The server was so friendly, definitely the best server we had on our trip!! A perfect post-park stop. 🙂
Next stop… Home! 🙂 I love traveling, but I also love going home.