Exploring West Virginia
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August 16th, 2008 – by: missandrea81
On the way there we stopped at the Smoke Hole Caverns (see review).
Since I have a lot of studying to do I'll have to write more later. We did have a great time though and it was a nice break from the books. :)
So here I have a home assignment to write about anything I want and I won't have to send it in. Finally a chance to write about our trip to West Virginia.
We started out on a Saturday around lunch time. Since we were not going to meet up with our friends until 7:00 pm that night we were going to have plenty of time to get there. That's why we chose the scenic route. First we had to get out of this metropolitan area though. We went down I-66, famous for long delays, but we got lucky and where in Front Royal in no time.
Being on these small roads, that usually don't have signs up on where they're leading you to, was a great way to train my navigation skills. So equipped with my map I got us through all these little towns and made sure we stayed on the right road. Hubby spotted a stand on the side of the road where a couple was selling peaches. We bought a whole bag (must have been at least 3 lbs.) for only $5. Time went by so quickly and before we knew it we were already near Seneca Rocks.
There they were, the Smoke Hole Caverns near Seneca Rock and we passed right by them, so we stopped and purchased our tickets. Now we waited for the tour to begin. We had just missed a tour so our waiting time was almost 40 minutes. No big deal, when you've been sitting in a car for the past 3 hours. Standing by the entrance to the cave, I noticed how cold the air was that emerged from there. Hubby thought it might be a good idea for me to grab a sweater, since I'm usually the one that turns into an icicle first. By the time I got back the tour guide (he must have been no older then 15) was collecting the ticket stubs and the exploration could begin.
The guy explained to us how the cave became known as the Smoke Hole Caverns (because Indians used to smoke meat in there to keep it from getting spoiled, smoke coming out of the caves and frontiers witnessing this, named the caves). He also said it had been used by Moonshiners because it protected them from the eye of the law.
The caves themselves are pretty big, the walkways narrow at times won't give you a feeling of claustrophobia. The only thing I have a problem with are dark corners, I guess I've been watching too much LOST. ;)
For more info about the caves just read my review about them.
By the time we got outside again it was already close to 5:00pm. Now we had to get back on the road and make sure we weren't going to be late. Easier said then done since speeding is not an option on the curvy roads through the Appalachian Mountains.
We did make it to the other side of the Appalachians in time and even had time to spare to go get something to eat.
After we arrived at our friend's house we spent a great 2 days here, with really nothing noteworthy to write. Just good friends catching up.
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