Day 16 – Luray Caverns

Yesterday I went to the Luray Caverns. They are a commercial cave that was discovered in 1878. The access to them is pretty amusing. When you drive up you don’t see a cave, just a few small buildings and a large parking lot. In the larger building where one can purchase tickets and there is a gift shop, there is a door with a staircase down to the cave. It’s an amazing cave but probably one of the most notable features is it’s stalactite organ. Rubber mallets strike stalactites to produce sound that can be heard throughout the cave if no children are present 🙂 Below are some of the better images. Note the bottom of the imagery on the video is the reflection from the water. If you look closely you can see the striker hitting the stalactite in the video below. You can also hear some of the…

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Day 15 – Shenandoah Day Hike – Old Rag Mountain

The day before yesterday I woke up with no energy and pretty much slept the day away so the following day I decided to head back to Shenandoah National Park. I took up a hike on Old Rag Mountain that was recommended by a hiker that I met while camping in the park  last week. It didn’t disappoint. The hike up was challenging and unique. The elevation change from start to finish was 2260ft but the incline was not as much as the start to my last hike. In all I put in about 8 miles in 5.5hrs. That included my lunch break at the top and stops along the way to take pictures. What made this hike unique is the rock scramble towards the top of Old Rag. In this section you are squeezing between boulders, climbing over them, and ducking under them. It was a LOT of fun,…

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Day 13 – A stop back in the DC area

After some work on the website I decided go back to the DC area to hang with my Uncle Jose. I first stopped by Wilson’s place and hung out for a bit with him and met his parents that were in from out of town. Wilson is in training with the foreign service and was just given his assignment. He will be stationed in the Bahamas, specifically in Nassau. I can now add that to the list of places I have free lodging 🙂 Afterwards my uncle and I had lunch, talked a bunch and watched the NBA finals. I’m not sure I’ll return that way so I said my goodbyes and headed back to Woodbridge.

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Day 11 & 12 – Shenandoah Hike Continued

The next morning I woke up a little sore and not the most motivated to get up. It was my long day of the 3 day trip. I threw on my glasses and quickly realized that I would not be using my camp sandals. There were a few of these guys on the outside of my tent and I easily recognized their shadow from the inside. Fun fact (probably only to me) ticks are arachnids like spiders and this is the first time I had ever noticed that they had 8 legs! After my tick photo-shoot, I made myself some breakfast, packed my day bag and headed off to the waterfall to collect some water for the next two days. I was concerned about surprising a bear as I approached. I walking into the wind and the rushing water was loud. This is important because taking both sound and smell…

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Day 10 – Shenandoah Hike

I began writing this post from my tent in Shenandoah National Park but my battery quickly died out so I am completing it back at my base camp, Geri and Sing’s home. The park extends about 100 miles north to south  and has over 500 miles of hiking trails. Needless to say there will be a lot left behind to explore. The park is non-hiker friendly. By this I mean that you do not have to set off on a hike to see some breathtaking views. This shot is from just a few miles into the northern section of the park. Skyline drive is a road that extends the length of the entire park and has an abundance of overlooks such as this, 75 if I recall correctly. Video of the drive below   Day 1 – I stopped at the Dickey Ridge visitor center in the afternoon to register…

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