Friday, August 3, 2012

Staycation Day 1~ Exploring the Caverns

An extended period of recreation, esp. one spent away from home or in traveling.

A vacation spent in one's home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.

My family recently had a week of staycationing. My husband had a week of vacation time from work, but we really couldn't afford to get away for a true vacation right now. Instead we used that time to finally get around to crossing off our list some of the local attractions we're always talking wanting to do but have yet to do.

Our first day was spent at the Endless Caverns in New Market, VA:

According to the tour operators, the cave was discovered by two boys in October 1879, while hunting rabbits on the property of Ruben Zirkle. The boys cornered a rabbit behind an outcropping of limestone rocks, and began moving some of the loose stones to flush the rabbit from his hiding place. After doing this they discovered a hole in the ground and ran back to the house to grab some ropes and candles. After going into the hole the boys found that there were many chambers and rooms (Wikipedia). The caverns are called endless because explorers have yet to find the end to the many passages.

The scene from the parking lot. Gorgeous!

Just a few of the amazing things we saw: