The underground world is a complex and surprising place. I am fascinated by it. I remember studying about cave formations, stalactites and stalagmites in high school and watching a few documentaries on Planet Earth on caves and the spectacular beauty beneath us. I had once peaked a few pics of the Luray caverns probably a few years ago, so deep down I always wanted to go check them out. I don't want to come off as a serious geo nerd but boy oh boy was I thrilled for this trip. Luray Caverns were first discovered in 1878. They are located in the great state of Virginia, situated in the Shenandoah valley, on the west of a non descript town called Luray. I went there with my darling sister Flo and Miss Val, aka my fairy god mother who took turns taking these amazing pictures. Love you guys.
Water is the creator of almost all the caves in the world. Caves are formed due to erosion. In the caves, water doesn't erode as it also builds. When water mixed with the limestone slowly drips from the roof of the caves, a calcite is formed when the water evaporates. That gradually forms into what we call a stalactite. There is a picture of Flo hugging a really huge one. On the other hand when water drips rapidly from the cave and hit the ground in rapid splashes, a calcite is formed on the floor of the cave that later creates a stalagmite. I told you this was super fascinating!!! I was mind blown to discover that it takes close to 120 years to form a cubic centimeter of a stalactite. Insane!!! Those massive pillar like structures are probably old as Methuselah!! When you walk in to the caverns, you are wowed by how ginormous they are. A turbo jet air plane can be housed in there. The trip is an hour long and it will take you about a mile and half to go deep in the heart of the caverns. 64 feet deep to be exact. So for the next sixty minutes, you will bond with rocks and your friends and be amazed at the beautiful world we live in. The rocks look like castles, adorned with rippling folds and curved contours. They are majestic. The colors!! Oh I can talk for eons about the colors. Golds and dazzling yellows, burnt oranges and rusty reds. The hues gave us this glowy golden look that youtube make up gurus seem to go for. Please let them know we found it, 64 feet below earth.
An all black get up was all I required for my Caverns trip. Accessorize with my favorite blanket scarf and a fedora hat for that Indian Jones look. Hats have a certain air of elegance, a certain je ne sais quoi. I am thinking of adding a few more colors to perch on my bald head this winter.
Leather Jacket: Hm
Blanket scarf: Necessary clothing