When I was growing up, I spent one week each summer for several years with my maternal grandmother. She and I always had fun shopping, visiting, and sight seeing. Every year, she would take me to tour one of the local caves in the Shenandoah Valley, and over the years, I have visited almost every cavern in Virginia. The most well-known one, with the most amazing formations to view, is Luray Caverns. But all the caverns in Virginia are beautiful and if you are in our fine state, here are the Caverns you can look for.
Natural Bridge Caverns
Ironically, there is a cavern in Virginia that I haven’t visited. It has only recently opened, and wouldn’t you know it…it is in my parent’s hometown of Strasburg – the very same town where I spent those summer weeks with my grandma. It is located on Hupp’s Hill (which is named after relatives on my mom’s side). One day, I’ll have to stop in and take a tour of Crystal Caverns.
The only other cavern I have ever visited was one in Colorado, Cave of the Winds. Daniel and I visited in during our honeymoon. We didn’t see the normal sights, though. We took what they called “A Walk on the Wild Side”. We dressed up in our most raggedy clothes and crawled on our hands and knees through places where the roof of the tunnel was just about against our back. It was amazing (and I was younger then). Not sure I would do that again.
I hope someday to visit Carlsbad Caverns and Ozark Caverns is because of a Trixie Belden book I read as a child. The Carlsbad Caverns are supposed to be spectacular.
What got me thinking about all of these caverns? Well, today I was reading about a Gigantic River Cave that has been recently mapped in Laos. Click on the link…the photos are amazing!
From the National Geographic website:
An expedition in February 2008, co-led by veteran caver John Pollack, comprehensively mapped and photographed the 5.9-mile (9.5-kilometer) length of the little-known cavern for the first time.
The spelunking team encountered some of the largest rooms and most impressive structures of any river cave on Earth, Pollack said.
A river cave is any cave with an active water source flowing through it.
Everything about the cave is bigâ€“from its towering entrances to its phobia-inducing spiders, which can be 10 inches (25 centimeters) across, Pollack added.
“It’s also extremely well decorated with spectacular formations,” Pollack said.
Who knows, maybe someday, I will be so lucky to visit such a cavern!