Spring Break 2018: Shenandoah, Part 1

Two weeks ago, we kicked off our camping season by heading down south for spring break! Our school district always has spring break the week before Easter, which was early this year, so it wasn’t typical spring break weather.

The Shenandoah area was forecasted to receive about a foot of snow a few days before we were booked to stay there, which threw us through a loop. Chris ended up booking a site at Pocahontas State Park in Virginia where they weren’t predicting as much snow as a backup. Luckily, Shenandoah only ended up getting about four inches of snow. Chris called the campgrounds the Wednesday and Thursday before we left to check on the snow situation and help us determine where we were going. We ultimately decided to stick to our original plan and head to Shenandoah as the campground was basically snow free.

We left on Saturday morning and arrived around 3:30pm. We set up the camper and the boys rode their bikes around the loop a bit. We picked this campsite last fall while Chris and I were here because the loop is flat enough for all three boys to ride around.

Then Chris and I walked while the boys rode their bikes down along the river. We took the Bluebell Trail to the River Trail, which was about 2 miles round trip. Our lovely boys were not listening to us, riding too far ahead, and unnecessarily ringing their bells so we made them walk their bikes back.

When we finally got back, we had dinner and the boys colored. We stayed inside because it was as getting pretty chilly. I think it was around 25 degrees overnight. So cold.

On Sunday morning, we headed to Luray Caverns in Luray, Virginia. Luray Caverns is an underground cavern system that was discovered in 1878. It has well-lit, paved walkways that lead you through the cavern. Its ceilings are 10 stories high, filled with columns, stalactites, stalagmites and mirrored pools. It is also well know for The Great Stalacpipe Organ, which is an electrically operated lithophone (a musical instrument made from rock).

We got there around 10:45am and we were down in the cavern by 11:15am. The tour was between 60-90 minutes. They said it would be an hour, but I think it was closer to an hour an a half. The boys did great for the most part. They were hungry and getting tired of standing towards the end.

After the tour, we walked around the gift shop and bought little souvenirs. It was too cold to eat outside, so we had a picnic in the truck before heading to our next destination.

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