Since we had had such fun at the Front Royal visitor's center earlier in the week, we decided to head to downtown Luray to check out their visitor center. We were very glad that we did. This visitor center is also in a train station. They put a wonderful display about railroading in the area in one half of the building. We spent a lot of time looking at the display and enjoying it.
They had a really cool painting on the floor to show where the rail lines connected other towns to Luray. The explanation signs were just great.
They also had cool model train display of some of the areas around Luray.
We even went outside to look at the rails. They are still active even though the station is not.
Our favorite part of the station was the office. One of the displays in it explained how messages were passed to moving trains from the station.
After having some yummy Hershey's ice cream, we decided to check out the lines at Luray. They were STILL very long. We agreed to head back toward the campground and stop at Skyline Caverns if the lines there were reasonable. There were no lines so we were off on our adventure. It was wonderful. You can learn more about it here: http://www.skylinecaverns.com/
This is the first flowstone formation we saw. They make it more beautiful by bathing it in colored light.
A very large flowstone formation that looks like an eagle.
Does anyone see a Basset Hound in this picture?
Anthodite crystals. Look at this link for more information on them: http://legacy.earlham.edu/~brizeja/caveformations.htm
It was a really neat cavern and I am glad we went inside. I even found a penny pressing machine so I got to add to my collection.