Parenting Tales

A Virginia Vacation

We normally don’t go on two vacations in one summer, but this year was different. A couple of weeks ago we went to Raystown Lake for a few days with my parents, which you can read about here. Then, this past week, my husband, kids, and I went to the Luray area of Virginia for a few more days away. We had a good time and it was so pretty that I took tons of pictures. I won’t share them all, but here’s a brief recap of all we did.

On the way down, we stopped at Belle Grove Plantation. Unfortunately it was like a million degrees outside, we were all roasting, and we were ready to get to our cabin– therefore we didn’t stay too long.
The plantation house at Belle Grove.
On our first full day there we explored Luray Caverns. I would highly recommend visiting the caverns. It was absolutely spectacular. I didn’t get many great pictures down there due to the lighting.
So many amazing formations!
Outside of Luray Caverns there is a museum and outdoor historical site.
I especially liked seeing the one room schoolhouse and how it was set up. One thing I didn’t get a picture of was the old Mennonite meeting house/church. That was interesting as well, especially since I also attend a Mennonite church.
My kids’ favorite activity was panning for gemstones. I think they could have done this all day!

Our cabin was just about a stone’s throw from the Shenandoah River. The kids spent several afternoons wading and playing in it.

Yours truly enjoyed spending time at the river as well.
Our kids had their first hot tub experience at the cabin. Is soaking in a hot tub with 5 kids relaxing? Not so much.
Two of my babes after a long hike at Lake Arrowhead State Park.
On the way home we traveled through Skyline Drive. Such amazing scenery!!
Josh checking out the view with his brother’s binoculars.

2 thoughts on “A Virginia Vacation”

  1. Very nice pictures. This sounds like the place we traveled to many years ago. We had to hurry and leave the sky line drive because of white outs. It was the Fall of the year. We went to see the leaves in color. We also enjoyed the covered bridge and the cave is the kind of cave you expect to see when you visit a cave, but I told my husband, this is our last one, we’re getting past the age to do this! It was beautiful in there. I remember a fun sight we saw, it was a bunch of not real people sitting at a picnic table and they had pumpkin heads, So cute, it was. We stayed in a lodge and the sheets were so extra nice and crisp. We shopped in some cute shops and ate at a real good resturant and the menu was written on a board close to where we were sitting and I took a picture of it. They served plate lunches with dessert included! But when we got back to the lodge I realized I didn’t have my sunglasses so we went back to the shop and sure enough they had them, so thankful.

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