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We left home about 4 am a couple of Saturdays ago to visit Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

Several hours into the trip, a beautiful sunrise

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The scenery is ever changing

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Potomac River

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Farms

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Of course, we had to stop here [emoticon] (Winchester, VA)

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Shenandoah River

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Entrance to Skyline Caverns

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This is the first time Todd has ever been inside any caverns. It was very interesting, but not as colorful as I thought it would be, but none the less beautiful. The temperature was a constant 54 degrees, and we ended up walking for about a mile on this tour, going down 260 feet to the deepest part of the cave.

In 1937, Walter S. Amos discovered these caves and headed up the excavation. After clearing out the dirt and mud, the caves were opened to the public in April of 1939.

The entrance

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The fireplace they carved so people could stay warm in the early years

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Flowstone

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Underground rivers winding through the caverns filled with blind trout

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Rubbing on a stalagmite for good luck

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And finally, the Anthodites. When Dr. Amos was clearing some mud, his shovel got stuck. And when they finally pulled it free, they broke a vacuum seal. And after cleaning out the mud in this new chamber, they discovered the Anthodites...a beautiful, white, rare form of crystal, they look almost like sea urchins crawling on the ceiling.

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This one is called the chandelair and I believe he said it was the oldest one there

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One of the neatest things about a tc is that you can park it anywhere. After the caves, we went to our tc and had lunch and relaxed. You can't beat that![emoticon]

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Then we mozied on over to the Museum of the Shenandoah. It was a nice museum all about the founding of the Shenandoah area. Pictures were not allowed.

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On our way back home

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It was a wonderful trip, everything I was looking for. No issues with the camper or truck, our little family together creating memories, and exploring our beautiful country.

Thanks for looking!

Nina

* This post was edited 08/14/10 06:46pm by DEcamper *


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very nice thx for the pics

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Looks like a nice trip to take in the hot summer we're having this year [emoticon]


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Great pics ! You fueled up at the same store I fuel up at, you were only minutes from my home....
Hope you have a great trip and post more beautiful pics !!


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Very nice pics ! and you truck/camper are beautiful !
Thanks for sharing.


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Nice photos, and detailed narrative.

Many thanks for sharing your journey with us!

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We enjoyed an East Coast trip report and appreciate your pics. We will be looking forward to your next trip-hope it is soon!

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Nice photos of your trip, thanks for sharing your adventure.


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Thanks for bringing us along for the ride! When and where are we going next? [emoticon]

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Looks like a great little trip. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

Every cave has something different and I wouldn't miss any NP cave. For a treat, take one by lantern if you get the chance, really intensifies the experience.


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