August 28th, 2011

First day of school

More adventures...

Yesterday we went to Skyline Caverns. Skyline Caverns is the closest natural wonder to the Nation's Capital. As one of the only places on Earth where rare Anthodites are displayed, the guided tour is as impressive as it is educational.

In 1937, geologists around the world stood in awe as Walter S. Amos discovered the underground wonder he always hoped to uncover. He carefully examined surface topography, exposing a secret that had lain beneath the earth's surface for 60 million years. This method of scientific analysis makes the discovery of Skyline Caverns rare, if not unique.

The caverns opened to the public in 1939 and have welcomed millions of guests in the past seven decades. As tourism in Virginia boomed in the 1950s through 80s, Skyline Caverns was a noted attraction. Special visitors such as Bing Crosby even considered the caverns a worthy travel destination.




We took the guided tour which lasted about an hour and covered over a mile of the underground caverns. This was actually my first cavern! Very neat indeed!
First day of school

Hurricane update

We are totally safe in Winchester. Mathews was hit, but all we know is what the Sheriff's department tells us via phone. They called and said cleanup had begun, but they have no idea when power will be restored. They are giving out bottled water and ice at high school.

The plan is to stay here one more night tonight and then head to VA Beach area tomorrow. Work has been canceled for tomorrow.