Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Mini-Adventure

so. much. fun!

our surprise trip was to luray, virginia (in the shenandoah valley)! i love small town america, so this place was totally my scene.

we stayed in the beautiful mimslyn inn, a historic building, reminiscent of old plantation homes with its massive columns. it was established in 1931 and definitely takes you back in time when you walk through the doors. and i can't say enough good things about the staff. so friendly and even knew us by name!

the highlight of the trip had to be going to the luray caverns. one of our favorite things to do when we lived in utah was to hike up to timpanogas cave, which B knows i miss, so planning a trip to the caverns was a major hit.

my absolute favorite thing to see in the cave was the reflecting pool. it looks like an entire symmetrical room...or someplace you'd find on the moon:

here are my other favorite shots from our "spelunking" excursion:

it was such a beautiful sight! i am so glad we had the opportunity to go and i hope we get to go back soon (since it was only a 2 hour drive). if you haven't been and you ever get the chance, do it! even mack loved it! he was strapped to me in his bjorn just jabbering away for nearly the entire thing, until he finally fell asleep for the last 10 minutes of hour long tour.

especially for a first family trip, this was a huge success! we all had so much fun that i can't wait to go on another weekend getaway! i'm thinking...ocean city, maryland next time?


Heather @ A Little Hope in My Pocket said...

What a fun surprise! I love mini-getaways. The caverns look really cool. It's been YEARS since I've been to one - I might have a plan a trip south.

Stephanie said...

What beautiful photos! We have caverns in MO near where I went to college, but I never went. By the looks of your pictures, it seems like I missed out and will definitely have to go one day. So glad B swept you and Mack away for a trip. :)

Kayla and Joshua said...

i've been waiting for this post! how exciting! enough pictures of scenery i want to see pictures of your beautiful family!!!! i am so happy he surprised you with sucha fun trip, i'm sure he was loving keeping it a surprise form you! haha

Gabriella said...

What a gorgeous space! It must have been incredible to see in person. I've love to be able to visit caverns soon.


Shannon said...

Did you take these photos? They are GORGEOUS!!

I need to know if you took them with a SLR and no flash - - - did you crank up the ISO?

Photog nerd must know!

Sarah said...

Glad you had a fun adventure together as a family :) Love the pics. So cool.

Elizabeth :: Bébé Suisse said...

Wow ... gorgeous pics! Those caves are amazing. And what a lovely surprise - props to your husband.

Kristen Seuberling said...

That cave is so cool! Never been spelunking, but I'm thinking this would be a great time to start!

Maria said...

beautiful getaway!!
b did very well :) the inn is stunning and full of so much character. i'm so glad you all enjoyed yourselves! steve and i took a mini getaway to virginia a few months ago and wanted to see the caverns. unfortunately they were closed, but we definitely plan on it next time.
you're photos are amazing, carlia!!

ocean city, maryland is so much fun!

thank you for sharing!

Vivian said...

What a cool place! Those caves are surreal! Great great pictures. Just found your blog and seriously so excited to follow you :)

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