Monday, September 1, 2014

The Rebirth of Big Red


On 11-3-1977, my husband's parents bought a 1977 Dodge Royal Monaco. His mother gave her the name, "Big Red", but barely drove her around. We bought her on 9-12-1991 with the odometer reading 28,000. We drove her for awhile, and then she sat for years. On 10-28-2013, my husband finally got her running. With the odometer now reading 52,000, he put on the original license plates on, and finally drove her home. Just recently, August 2014, he got the interior redone along with the vinyl top and tinted the windows. Next, is a complete paint job and she will be ready for more car shows. Refurbishing Big Red was a labor of love for him and the memory of his mother.



Friday, August 29, 2014

Dinosaur Land



In White Post, VA, there is a place where you can be transported back in time.  This is not Jurassic Park but a place where dinosaurs ruled the earth during the Mesozoic time.  You can come face to face with a large array of these giant creatures including 50 different species of dinosaurs, a massive shark or octopus, and King Kong himself.
 
Dinosaur Land opened in 1963 and has seen generations of families walk through the grounds among the creatures.  The park not only offers the dinosaur attraction, but you can also find a gift shop, and a birthday party room.  Check out their website for all the information:  http://dinosaurland.com/

Dinosaur Land was the last place Sharon and I went before heading home to Arizona.  Our friends joined us and as you can see, the place is just as much fun for adults as it is for children.  Our inner child came out to play.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Caverns of Virginia

Virginia has many wonderful attractions, some historic, and some are breathtaking.  Among the must-sees around the state are its many caverns.


Skyline Caverns
Situated in Front Royal, VA, the Skyline Caverns were discovered in 1937 by Walter S. Amos.  He revealed the hidden gem which was lurking underneath the earth’s exterior for 60 million years.  In 1939, the caverns were freely accessible to the populace with millions of visitors passing through the caverns since that time.  When Virginia saw its population surge between the 1950’s and 1980’s, the Skyline Caverns became a significant attraction for those to see while visiting Virginia. 

Today, you can visit the Skyline Caverns and be awestruck by the splendor of the caverns and view an extraordinary site of Anthodites in visual arrangements.  You can take a guided tour from a well-informed expert who will direct you on your journey inside the caverns.  For more information on the Skyline Caverns, check out their website:   http://www.skylinecaverns.com/

Shenandoah Caverns
In Quicksburg, VA, is where the Shenandoah Caverns can be found.  These amazing formations were first discovered in 1922.  For over 90 years, people have toured the great caverns with excitement to marvel at the spectacular view.  These caverns can boost being the only one with an elevator so people of all ages can enjoy the hour long guided tour.  The interior is a cozy 56 degrees with seventeen rooms along the gravel path.  The rock creations are breathtaking.  Check out their website for all the information about the Shenandoah Caverns:  http://www.shenandoahcaverns.com/

Luray Caverns
The next caverns in Virginia are the Luray Caverns.  Located in Luray, they were exposed on August 13, 1878 by five men indigenous to the area.   They noticed limestone bulging out from a hole in the ground with cool air seeping from it.  It took the men about 4 hours to dig a hole big enough for the runt of the group to fit inside.  He slithered down a rope and with a candle in hand, and he was able to check out their discovery.  The men found artifacts, and human remains while wandering the massive caverns. 

The Luray Caverns were designated as a National Nature Landmark in 1974.  Today, you can take a guided tour throughout the caverns, with only a portion of the caverns open to the public.  With over 500,000 people walking the well lit trails each year, you are treated to the most brilliant views of rock formations.  Here is their website for more information:   http://luraycaverns.com/

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Eerie Abandoned Motor Court



One of the things Sharon and I love to do is to urban explore.  Most of our friends are aware of this and want to go with us.  While visiting friends in Front Royal, they took us to an eerie, out-of-the-way, abandoned motor court with the caretakers house right next door.  From the street all you can see is the rusty old sign letting you know what used to be there.  When you stop in front of the barricades and look down the dirt path, you see a building covered with foliage.  The inside was dirty, disheveled, and a complete mess.  The outside was cover with bushes, trees, vines, and had bones of critters littering the grounds.  Who knows if any person or thing was calling this forsaken place home.  This barely visible structure was fun for us to walk around, but with caution, and take tons of pictures.  I hope I captured the creepiness of the place in the video below:


Thursday, August 21, 2014

What’s Around Front Royal?


First known as LeHewtown in 1754, Front Royal has a little over 14,000 souls living in this little town today and is located in Virginia.  By the 1790’s the town had the moniker of “Helltown” because of all the rowdy boatmen and wranglers that came to town wanting booze.  By 1788, the settlement was recognized as “Front Royal”.  Many are not sure where the name actually came from but one rumor is that the French called it “le front royal”, which means the British frontier.  Another story is that the name originated from the giant oak tree, the “Royal” Tree of England.  And yet another explanation for the name is it possibly came from the American Revolution where the words “front” and “royal” were used as passwords for the military.  On May 23, 1862, the Battle of Front Royal was fought there and all the way through the Civil War.  For many decades after the war, Front Royal was the place where lumber, agriculture, manufacturing, and grain mills afforded many jobs for those living in the area.

Today, Front Royal is the perfect location for outdoor adventure and the gateway to the Shenandoah Nation Park.  The historic district provides you with an abundance of shops, historic sites, amazing architecture, and places to eat.  For more information on what this town provides, check out their website:   http://www.frontroyalva.com/


As usual, I took many pictures as my friends and I walked around town.  I display these pictures in a video set to music.


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