Announcing a new Meetup for The Alexandria Walking Meetup Group!
What: Luray Caverns & Shenandoah National Park
When: November 14, 2009 11:00 AM
101 Cave Hill Rd
Luray, VA 22835
Hey Super Troopers!!!
It?s that time of year again?and my favorite time of year because that means it?s time to return trip to our favorite local national park, the Shenandoah. This time, as suggested by one our members, we?ll be making a pit stop at the amazing Luray Caverns first. If you haven't ever been to Luray Caverns - GO! GO NOW! GO AND BE AMAZED!
Four hundred million years in the making, the formation of Luray Caverns began after the limestone of the Shenandoah Valley was created by the slow draining of an inland sea (I?m not a geologist, but I know it resulted today in a subterranean wonderland of full of beauty and majesty). Luray Caverns
Walking through the cavern will take us about 1.5 hours (1.25 miles) and then maybe we?ll venture into the one-acre maze garden ? the largest garden maze in the Mid-Atlantic states- and have some real fun. Garden Maze
After our caverns expedition, we?ll sneak into Shenandoah National Park via Thornton Gap Entrance Station and turn south on Skyline Drive until we arrive at the parking area at mile 46.7 where we?ll summit Hawksbill Mountain via the Upper Hawksbill Trail (2.1 miles round trip, easy to moderate). The trail has great views on the way up and is full of wildlife, deer and birds abound. Hawksbill Mountain is the highest peak in the park at 4,050 feet?so within about a half-hour or so you can brag about summiting the tallest peak in Shenandoah! Upper Hawksbill Trail
What to bring: cold-weather clothing, water, comfy hiking shoes, a picnic lunch, $21.00 (pricey, I know...but you can get sassy and torment the meetup organizer of this event if you don?t enjoy the place), your Giant Supermarket Bonus Card - which gets you 50% off the 2nd ticket, so don?t forget your Giant Card. Parking is free. We?ll most likely have dinner at a country diner during our return trip.
Driving: We?ll meet up at 9:30am at the Vienna Metro Station-north parking garage, for carpooling purposes (my fine piece of German engineering and ultimate driving machine can fit four lucky passengers). From here, we'll take I-66 West to Gainesville; US 29 South to Warrenton; US 211 West to Luray Caverns (90 minutes).
As always, if you have questions, need a ride, going to be late, or just want to say hello, my number is [masked]. I already know some of you, my fellow dating machines, who have hot dates lined up every Saturday night are going to ask?we?ll be back around 6:30pm.
See you there...
Learn more here:http://www.meetup.com/alexandria-walking-group/calendar/11717529/