Shenandoah National Park-- Day 5 & 6

 It was supposed to be another rainy day on Wednesday so we decided to go check out Luray Caverns. They were so large and impressive! 

















After the caverns we took a quick walk through the toy museum and the car museum then headed out to lunch at a nearby pizzeria. 

By then it was raining pretty hard so we headed back to the house and spent the evening watching movies and soaking in the hot tub.

Thursday morning dawned with more rain in the forecast but since it was only drizzling out we decided to brave the trails and hike out to Lewis falls; an 81 foot high waterfall and an easy 3 mile loop hike.

We took the Lewis falls trail out and picked up the Appalachian trail on the way back to the car


We would have had some incredible views if it wasn't so cloudy

The rain covered our footsteps and we saw a good 1/2 dozen deer on our walk








By the time we were nearing the park exit the rain was coming down in earnest. We were all pretty wet and ready to head back to the house for showers and relaxing in the hot tub.  We ate lunch at the house and spent the afternoon watching more movies. 



We headed out to Old 33 Beer & Burger Grill, Inc. for dinner and had some of the best burgers ever! Their desserts weren't too shabby either. 

Other posts in this series:

Days 1 & 2

Days 3 & 4

Linking up with: Spread the Kindness, 





Comments

  1. If I could go back in time, I would have went to the Caverns on the day the park was closed due to the snowstorm. They look amazing. We did the Lewis Falls hike. I remember liking the very beginning of it but we were disappointed we couldn't see the falls better. I'm sorry you had such bad weather when you were there. The views are what make Shenandoah incredible and bad weather can sure ruin it.

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    1. Yeah, I was expecting a better view too especially since at least a few bogs I had read talked about the viewing platform being the "money shot" and when we got there I thought it still wasn't a great view. BUT it wasn't a bad hike to do in the wet & the rain. We were trying to find an easy trail we wouldn't have to worry about scrambling over wet slippery rocks.

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  2. Oh those falls are pretty! Good for you guys for going in the rain. I had my own recent, I can't-believe-I'm-seeing-this-in-the-rain- time when I went up in the Empire State Building and it was raining ;(. It did stop by the time we got to the highest observation deck but it was still quite overcast so we didn't get to see the expansive view. Anyway, you do what you gotta do and I'm impressed that you hiked out there anyway! I'd like to think I would have done that as well! The cavern looks amazing and a great thing to do on a rainy day!

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    1. Yep, we just had to make the best of it. It could have been much worse too as it was usually only cloudy or drizzly and not a total washout.

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  3. I love going into caverns, it's one of our fav things to do!!

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    1. I have never been in one that was so large and open before. I should have labeled it but the photo 3 up from the bottom; that red dot is another ladies coat. When you compare her size to the entire cave she's a tiny dot!

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  4. Great idea to visit the caverns on a rainy day and it looks like a good hike despite the rainy weather on the following day! The waterfall looks impressive!

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    1. It was the perfect way to spend a rainy day. We enjoyed our hike despite the rain and no one slipped or fell so that was a huge plus!

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  5. Caverns are so cool and love the waterfall too!

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    1. I love waterfall hikes and Shenandoah had so many of them!

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  6. The caverns are just gorgeous! What a cool place! I love that y'all got see see waterfalls, too. So much beauty in one post!

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    1. The caverns were so neat; they are even musical! The very last room has an organ that is connected to various stalactites and they play music.

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  7. Shenandoah is one of my favorite places on earth! Thank you for sharing these photos, so beautiful!

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  8. The caverns look amazing. Well done on getting through the hike in the wet weather. That warm shower must have felt so good afterwards.
    Ruth@playworkeatrepeat

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    1. Thank you! That warm shower did fell wonderful (as did the dry clothes!).

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  9. The caverns look so cool! I love exploring caves!

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