And We Did Not Even Get Lost

On Thursday, we took an overnight trip to Luray Caverns with our homeschool boys club. Neither I nor the boys had ever been (although it has been on my list of places to visit for ages) and we had just a blast.

 

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The trip down took less than 2 hours and was a really nice drive (gosh Virginia is beautiful…especially this part of the Shenandoah Valley). The boys were a little antsy after being the car but they did manage to settle down a bit after they ran off a bit of steam. It was actually very hot that day (upper 80s in October!) but the caverns themselves were very cool.

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Waiting patiently

The caverns were utterly amazing. As soon as we walked down into the caverns you just became completely awed realizing how incredible nature really is to create something like that. I don’t know what the boys were expecting, but they seemed duly impressed.

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“The Towel” – You could shine a light through it.

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After visiting the caverns, we decided to go through the garden maze they have there. This was one of the highlights of Jason’s trip. He was so looking forward to it. I thought that it would be fairly easy and we would zip right through it, but it actually was really hard, especially for someone as directionally challenged as myself.

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This was such a perfect thing for the kids, as they could run and yell all they wanted. They had an absolute blast.

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After the maze, we headed over to Jellystone Park (yes…of Yogi Bear fame – Jason’s comment – “you mean it is a real place?”) for the night. We cooked hot dogs and built a campfire (and yes, had s’mores). There was an open field in front of the cabins and the boys played flashlight tag well into the night while the Mom’s sat around the fire and talked. What a way to cap off the evening.

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We ended up taking the scenic route home through the Shenandoah National Park and stopped off at a roadside shop and picked up a beautiful basket and some honey and apple cider.

All in all a wonderful trip. I know that I am not doing the description of this trip justice as I am tired and breaking my rule of being in bed early. But it was such a great trip…one of those times when you really appreciate being able to homeschool and go on adventures like these…made all the more fun because you get to do it on a school night!

I actually took tons more pictures then I have included here. Feel free to go check them out!

 

About throwingmarshmallows

I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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6 Responses to And We Did Not Even Get Lost

  1. Summer says:

    Wow, it looks like a lot of fun. I love the cave photos, just amazing to look at!

  2. Kirsty says:

    those caves look gorgeous. I’m planning a trip to the US, there are so many lovely places though and now after reading your blog I’ve added Virginia to the list. Argh!

    (btw seen your blog from the HSCreatively list)

  3. Lydia says:

    Great, great post! I love that you have a group of ALL BOYS. That is so cool. And makes, really, a lot of sense. ;D

  4. lapazfarm says:

    That looks like a wonderful time! I may have to add it to our list of places to visit as well. I don’t think it is too awfully far from here.

  5. Cool! We were just at Luray, too. Your pictures are awesome!

  6. Lydia – the boys club was started by the mom of one of the boys who wanted to do campy/scouty type things but did not want to join scouts. So in true homeschoolers fashion she started her own group. The boys range from 5-10 years old (complete disclosure…there are 2 little sisters and 1 little brother who are 3 and 4 years old). We meet on Thursdays and do a variety of different things. I want to get some more pics up from the stream monitoring that we did a few weeks ago and the letter boxing hike we did. It is really a wonderful group of moms as well. (And we do hang out with other groups that have girls too…)

    Steph – When were you there? Would’ve been funny to have run into each other!

    And, yes! I highly recommend the trip. Be sure to bring a camera!