I recently took a trip to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to visit Luray Caverns. I thought the $26.00 admission charge was a little steep, but I guess this price must be paid in order to see the largest cavern system on the east coast. Discovered by locals in 1878, this cavern system has been fully mapped and allows for a 1.25 mile walking tour. While I have not quite reconciled the million-years of cavern development with my young-Earth Creation views, I did not let this difference detract from the experience.
I thought our tour guide was pretty good; although his instructions to refrain from touching the geologic formations definitely went unheeded by some visitors…no wonder every structure within reach was discolored or altered in some way. With jokes intermixed with the standard cave facts, I actually think our guide may have been attempting to launch an independent comedy career. In fact, part of my group had to return to the cave entrance shortly after the tour began, and the guide actually mentioned the possibility of a search party… I was hoping this statement might have been a joke as well. Fortunately, the party members arrived at the cavern entrance shortly before the timed lights shut-off.
Overall, the history and cavern formations were pretty interesting. While there were plenty of money-making operations on the surrounding property, it was nice to enjoy some relatively undisturbed natural beauty for a change. Despite this enjoyment and their claim that the largest organ in the world is located on the property, I will probably forego holding my wedding there in favor of a more traditional location.