Luray Caverns in Shenandoah Valley

Heard about Luray Caverns from a neighbour and decided to check it out when gal pal Liz flew in last weekend. It’s one of the many commercial show caves in Virginia that do guided walking tours through the caverns, brightly lit with dazzling yellow lights to feature spectacular speleothem formations that you’d never see anywhere out in the open air.

A mini adventure in semi-darkness, more than 100 feet below ground? Yes please!

Early morning last Sunday, Liz and I jumped into my trusty grey Civic and drove two hours westward from Washington D.C. to the town of Luray in the Shenandoah Valley. We arrived at a car park very full of Washington D.C. license plates, and a long line already formed at the entrance to the caves. Luray Caverns must be quite beautiful if it attracts half a million visitors every year. Continue reading

Fall Season Hiking in the National Parks

Hiking is great fun but don’t leave your blackberry behind.

Took this crop of pictures during a couple of recent hikes in Maryland’s parks. I went to Great Falls, one of the region’s most popular parks for all kinds of outdoor fun. Admission is five dollars and valid for three days. If scrambling about craggy rocks like a cloven-hooved mountain goat is your thing, then I recommend the Billy Goat Trail on the Maryland side of the Falls.

On this last trip, I took the River Trail on the Virginia side: Continue reading