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The two RV Gypsies thought about taking another tour of Luray Caverns while they were there in 2014. But when they could not find a parking spot in the very large parking lot, they decided that the place was doing just fine without them, and that they would be happy with whatever memories and photos they have from the past. Plus, they heard that tours were now in groups of about 50 people. So Karen Duquette decided to just post their photos from 2001.

history bookLuray Caverns, originally called Luray Cave, is a large, celebrated commercial cave just west of Luray, Virginia. It was discovered in 1878. The underground cavern system is generously adorned with columns, mud flows, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, mirrored pools, and more. The caverns are perhaps best known for the Great Stalacpipe Organ, a lithophone made from solenoid fired strikers that tap stalactites of various sizes to produce tones similar to those of xylophones, tuning forks, or bells. (see brochure photo at bottom of this page).

The cavern is yellow, brown or red because of water, chemicals and minerals. The new stalactites growing from the old and made of hard carbonates that had already once been used, and they are usually white as snow though often they may be pink or amber-colored. The Empress Column is a stalagmite 35-feet high, rose-colored, and elaborately draped. The Double Column, named from Professors Henry and Baird, is made of two fluted pillars side by side; one is 25-feet high and the other is 60-feet high, a mass of snowy alabaster. Several stalactites in Giant's Hall exceed 5-feet in length. Pluto's Ghost, a pillar, is a ghostly white.

The cascades are formations like foaming cataracts caught in mid-air and transformed into milk-white or amber alabaster. Brands Cascade, a particularly fine one, is 40-feet high and 30-feet wide, and is a wax-like white.

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Luray Caverns sign
information from Luray brochure
information from Luray brochure
Lee Duquette video taping Luray Caverns in 2001
Luray Caverns 2001
Luray Caverns 2001
Luray Caverns 2001
Luray Caverns 2001
Luray Caverns 2001
Luray Caverns 2001
Luray Caverns 2001

There is a spring of water called Dream Lake that has an almost mirror like appearance. Stalactites are reflected in the water making them appear to be stalagmites. This illusion is often so convincing that people are unable to see the real bottom. It looks quite deep, as the stalactites are high above the water, but at its deepest point the water is only around 20?inches deep. The lake is connected to a spring that continues deeper into the caverns.

mirror lake
Luray Caverns 2001
Luray Caverns 2001
Menu for the two RV Gypsies in Virginia
August 6-17, 2014
You may visit these 17 sections in any order you choose.

US Marine Corp emplemNational Museum of the Marine Corps

Snowflex tubing

The cities of Lynchburg and Madison Heights

A bike ride on the Riverwalk

The Singing Tower in Luray

Downtown Hampton

Gloucester Point Beach Park

Shenandoah National Park

Luray Caverns - a flashback to 2001 (this page)

Enchanted Dragon Mirror Maze - a combination of 2014 and 2023

Skyline Caverns in Front Royal - a combination of 2014 and 2023

U.S. Navy emblemHampton Harbor Cruise, Naval Ships and Fort Wool

pizzaAngela's Italian Restaurant

August 2014.

Chesapeake Bay RV Resort - TT

Lynchburg TT Campground

Prince William Forest RV in Dumfries

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