Luray Caverns

@ElicBxn (60895)
United States
September 23, 2010 9:43pm CST
Now, I like caves. I like them quite a lot, but I'm not about to go crawling around in a wild one. I don't want to be blamed for possibly "killing" a cave, so I'd rather go to one that's well visited. So, today I was doing a jigsaw puzzle on Pogo and one of them was of Luray Caverns... Well, I thought I knew most of the "big" caves around, but I hadn't hear of this one. So, of course I had to go searching for it. And I found it... http://www.luraycaverns.com/PlanyourVisit/tabid/489/Default.aspx But maybe the coolest thing in the cave was probably the most destructive to some of the features, and that is the Stalacpipe organ. Still, it is very interesting, and here is a link... http://www.luraycaverns.com/Education/CaveScience/PopupTest/tabid/608/Default.aspx Still, I wish I could go some day (when my feet don't hurt so bad) Do you like caves? or are you afraid...?
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
24 Sep 10
I love caves. I remember visiting some beautiful ones in a boat at Kho Phi Phi in Thailand. I love the organ and the statement of 'man and God’s hands coming together in perfect harmony’. I wonder how damaging it is to the cave...I am not scared to visit a cave but if I discovered one and I was the first one in there I admit I would be a tad nervous to say the least!
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
well, the stalactites he used he "killed" but that doesn't mean the rest of the cave isn't still active and growing a beautiful cave
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
24 Sep 10
We have Howel's caverns (not sure about the spelling). So neat, one area looks like a raised table rock with what looks like a fried egg on it. The stalactites and stalagmites are soooo cool. During really, really hot days in the summer, it's great to go find some place cool like a cave or the movies. I knew someone who had their trailer in a cave (the mouth of this baby was huge and the trailer was small). Arkansas gets into the 80s, 90s, and hundreds quite often, so a metal covered living area can get scorching. I thought that was a really, really cool idea.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
going to caves to get cool I think was part of why my grandfather would do that when he came to visit us in the summer, at least I come by my cave fascination honestly...
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
24 Sep 10
There's a dishonest way to come by cave fascination? Hiding gold and silver someone stole from the police? Not getting what you're incinuating?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
What? you've never heard of Sam Bass? He used a local cave as a hideout http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Bass
@BarBaraPrz (20534)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
24 Sep 10
Cool! (What's the matter with your feet?)
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
I fractured my heels about 20 yrs ago, and they have never really recovered...
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@BarBaraPrz (20534)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
24 Sep 10
Yowch! You'll just have to rollerskate...
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
24 Sep 10
Wish I could go see/hear! You know how much I love organs--AND caves! I wonder how long that organ will survive? I mean, my sole fear of caves is knowing of two certainties: one, there are gazillions of tons of rocks over my head, & two, due to constant earth tremors (even the ones we don't feel) will someday knock them loose! Didn't stop me from going to a few, though! I wonder if there's a CD of the organ being played? Hmmm...oh, Gooooogllllle... Maggiepie "A nation can survive its fools, & even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known & carries his banner openly, but the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, & he wears their face & their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly & unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator, statesman 42 B.C.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
let me know if you find anything...
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
26 Sep 10
Whew! It was tough, but I finally located some classical music on Amazon, on 2 different discs. Go here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dclassical&field-keywords=luray+caverns+organ+music&x=0&y=0 And see! I know other sorts of music have been done on that incredible organ--check you-Tube--but I haven't had time to locate anything but these 2. I'll bet if we dug deeply enough, we could scare up some really good "newage" music. Worth a try! Maggiepie “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” ~ Pope John Paul II
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@buenavida (8145)
• Sweden
24 Sep 10
Caves are so exciting!! The organ was really interesting - it is far away from my place though. We have our own place here with caves - but very different from this one. I have a couple of pictures in my profile from our "Rocky Mountains". Thanks for the info!!
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
pretty far away from me too, but I asked my sister and she's been there
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@buenavida (8145)
• Sweden
11 Oct 10
I found a video taken on this rock, it is very unusual - I guess something like this might be found somewhere in Europe, but not anywhere else in Sweden. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY0Iap_Smrs
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@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
25 Sep 10
The Luray Caverns sounds really special. In my younger days I really enjoyed visiting caves and now I have a disabled son I am not able to visit caves unless they are wheelchair accessible. When I traveled to Belize in 2006 I visited the ATM Caves and found them spectacular. I went with a small responsible group. We had a wear a helmet with our clothes in and a swimming costume whilst we swam into the cave. I had a light on top of my helmet and my digital camera was given to me in a dry place by the guide. There was much climbing and being careful around the pieces of Mayan pottery. I was 21 years old when I was traveling in Indonesia. With two local guides I went with a few other people up a ladder into a very dark cave. Our lights were not really enough to see all that much. There were bats inside I noticed. It was a real adventure and ever so exciting. I have been in caves that appeal to tourists like the ones in Hastings in my home country. I remember going to a really beautiful cave in Australia. I think it was near to the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. When my son was a baby I took him to Cheddar Caves but now he is not that light to carry. I also have my baby daughter now.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
25 Sep 10
I believe this one is accessible, I know Carlsbad is, tho they have an elevator to get you out.
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@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
24 Sep 10
When I was in school we took a field trip to Laurel Caverns. I really don't remember much about it except I liked it. I think I may have viited Laray Caverns also, but I don't remember the organ, so I am not sure. The organ is something I would love to see, so I am sure I would remember it.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
really, Laurel caverns huh? Cool, yeah, I'd like to hear that organ too
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@amybrezik (2123)
• United States
24 Sep 10
I have only been to a few. I really enjoyed Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. They don't really scare me. I think stalatites and stalagmites are beautiful. This cave sounds great.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
I loved Carlsbad too, I've been twice. I've also been to Mammoth Caverns, and some of the local ones, Longhorn, Inner Space
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
24 Sep 10
You went to Inner Space & you didn't take meeeee??? Maggiepie "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks & the corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." ~ Thomas Jefferson
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
long before you were in the picture
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
26 Sep 10
I love caves. However I have also been deep into a cave and frightened. I sufdfer from claustrophobia and access to some areas of this cave were by squeezing through a narrow crevasse or crawling through sections. It became more complicated as we progressed and my step son became frightened so I waited with him in a small cave off to the side of the main track and then I began to be very aware that we were deep, deep inside this huge rock. I think the only thing that saved me was allaying his fears. That was an adventure cave. The ones I love best are the caves with stalagmites and stalactites like the Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains in NSW, the State where I live. Check them out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenolan_Caves#Caves
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
26 Sep 10
cool, sounds lovely, wish I could go some time, but I doubt I'll ever get there shame...
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@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
27 Sep 10
I think you would love this country but I reckon you'd need over a year to explore it all...lol
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
6 Jan 11
I'd love to visit or live there, for a while, but... there we are...
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
6 Jan 11
I have not been inside a cave since the time I spent in the boyscounts. it was fun to explore back then. today I am not sure if I want to do anything like that. wacthing people exporle caves on tv is good enough to me.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
6 Jan 11
I have to say that I don't really want to "explore" a cave, a nice, domesticated cave, like Luray or Carlsbad, that's fine, but no wild caves for me!
• United States
7 Jan 11
Same here, I am not into splunking at all. too dangerous.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
25 Sep 10
Well I thought I had heard of all of them but not this one and I went to alot o them in the east. There is one on the Utah Nevada border I would love to go see and I just found out about it a few years ago when me and hubby came back through the Great BAsin from Utah to NEvada . cant think of the name right now the most one I would lie to go to is Mamoth cave in Kentuky and also Carls BAd.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
25 Sep 10
I've been to quite a few, I like caves, I think Dad liked caves too. I hadn't heard of this one either, but my sister's been there - she' lives in Eastern TN
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
25 Sep 10
Cool. WE have home in West Tenn Son lives thre
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@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
8 Aug 11
Cave - Mouth of Cave
Luray caverns I have not really visited but given the chance then I would do. I think visiting caves is one exciting adventure. Of course some enjoy it while others don't. I think only adventurous people would enjoy the cave. Some would fear the darkness and the man bats living inside the cave while others would shout and enjoy the thrill of it. The best thing about a cave are the stone formation inside. They really are awesome.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
8 Aug 11
I don't worry about "man bats" because bats are bats, and while they might be sick, mostly they want to stay further away from us than we do from them! I think caves are really cool, and maybe I'll get to see more of them some time. Maybe even this one!
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Sep 10
hiu ElicBxn that was fascinating a real organ out of stalactites andit was tuned to perfect pitck. I love caves. I came from 'south dakota where we have about six different large caves with all sorts of wild and wondergul stalagtites and stalagmites and all are so great. One is windy all thbe time thus called Wind Cave. I think while I was growing up ther that we saw all of them too. they are all centered in the Black Hills of course.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
26 Sep 10
that sounds so cool! I've never been to the Dakotas, my mom took my brother and his daughter to Rushmore and other places. But I did get to Yellowstone, so I don't feel too bad...
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Sep 10
I like them to a point. You won't catch me crawling on my belly through a narrow hole or anything, but one that I can walk into or out of, yeah I like visiting caves.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
yeah, I agree, no crawling around on my stomach in the mud...
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
24 Sep 10
I'm sorry your feet hurt. Hurting gets soooooo tiresome. I have not been i a cave since i was a child. My parents took us to Mammoth cave. I don't even know where it is anymore but somewhere in Tennessee i guess. Happy weekend to u.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
I haven't been since I went to Mammoth Cave in the 1990's...
• United States
24 Sep 10
I like caves... We have the Desoto Caverns pretty close by. Ive been to the Desoto Caverns once before but it was when I was young and I can not remember the trip that well. Hope to go see them again soon.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
Desoto caverns... have to look that up, hope you can get back soon
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
24 Sep 10
Hi Elic. I've been wanting to go see Luray Caverns, even before we moved here. We live pretty close to the caves now and, whenever I go shopping, I pass a Luray Caverns billboard that keeps reminding me that I want to go see them one of these days. It hasn't happened yet, though, and I doubt it will happen any time soon, as much as I want to go. Maybe I can talk my oldest son into going with me but I know my husband won't do it. He needs surgery on his lower spine and that was scheduled for this December but had to be pushed back to February of next year because of his work schedule. Plus, his recovery time will be much longer than mine was with my neck. So, going with him is out for awhile and I doubt it would be much fun with him anyway because he's such a hermit. Actually, he'd probably love the cave but not with other people in it. If you ever get over this way, give me a shout and we'll go see Luray Caverns together!
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Sep 10
I wish I could be headed that way, but I doubt it will be any time soon. I did send a heads up to my sister, who lives in Knoxville TN to see if she's ever been there.