Monday, January 5, 2015

Luray Photo Dump

Well, I've come back from Luray with bronchitis and off-and-on laryngitis, so that's a lovely little souvenir! I am dragging around like a worn out old woman. But here's some of my photos from the trip. If you feel the need to see any of them larger, give 'em a click.

There are murals all over this little town, on the buildings in downtown. They should really play these up...have a scavenger hunt for them throughout town. If we'd had more time, I would have gone looking for more murals, just themselves.

This is a small town, less than 5,000 people. The town really lives and dies by tourist season, because of the caverns. But there are super nice people working there, and every restaurant we went to had meals that were too large to finish.

This was a smaller zoo than I expected, but all the animals there are rescues.

This is Chewie. When we were leaving, he noticed one of the employees there and Chewie got very excited. We thought it was getting close to feeding time, and maybe that person went into the kitchen to start getting things ready.

Look at that nose and smile!

I wanted to smuggle this little love out of the zoo once he/she jumped through the fence slats at the petting zoo portion, but my husband wouldn't help by creating a distraction for me. :)

It started to lightly sprinkle while we were there. This tiger started to complain about the weather to us, and then he got up and went into his shelter to nap.

Baby toys for the monkeys to play with.

Luray Caverns are the largest caverns in the eastern USA and a National Landmark. Some of the most spectacular creations were formed just one drip at at time, such as Giant's Hall, vast expansive chambers decorated by predominately golden columns, 10-stories tall. The gold colors come from iron and clay soils seeping from the ground along with the calcium carbonate "drips."

There is a spring of water called Dream Lake that has an almost mirror like appearance. Stalactites are reflected in the water making them appear to be stalagmites. This illusion is often so convincing that people are unable to see the real bottom. It looks quite deep, as the stalactites are higher above the water, but at its deepest point the water is only around 20 inches deep. The lake is connected to a spring that continues deeper into the caverns.

Civil War era silk top with a hoop underskirt

Circa 1870 embroidered lace top, the top part of a wedding dress. I can't get over how small the clothes were. It makes me wonder...would humans have evolved into larger people on their own, or has our technologies and lifestyles turned us into tubs of lard.

A spool of thread cabinet by the Brainerd & Armstrong Company. It is still fully stocked with the original spools. Absolutely lovely ad I would LOVE to have something like this in my home today.

At the Luray Valley Museum: "This early 1800'S structure served as a Mennonite and Dunkard meetinghouse at the Mill Creek community in Leaksville, Page County"

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