Blue Ridge/Skyline - Day 05 - Sunday,
September 05, 2004

 Today's Narrative 

Today we traveled from Georgetown, DE to Luray, VA

The plan was to drive from Bob & Gale's to Wash, DC and do a little sightseeing and take a few pix. I wanted to visit the World War II Memorial which is new.

The reality was we drove to Wash, DC and got involved in total gridlock. There was no place to park; even the parking garages had their, "Sorry, We're Full" signs out. People jammed the sidewalks. It seemed as if everyone within 250 miles of Wash, DC decided to visit today. After driving around for almost two hours I decided to leave. A shame and a bummer.

We drove west on I66 to Front Royal, VA and started the Skyline Drive part of the trip.

I got off the Skyline Drive in Luray, VA to visit the Luray Caverns. Well worth the $18.00 price of admission. The tour takes about 1.5 hours. Very informative.

Now we are camped in a parking lot in Luray. No Wal*Mart :) But there's a Pizza Hut/KFC and a Family Dollar, etc.

Did this update and read a book till I fell asleep. G'night.

 Today's Pictures 
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The entrance to Skyline Drive. The Drive is a 105 mile trip across the mountain tops. Beautiful. The elevation is around 2000-2500 feet.

Entrance to Luray Caverns.

Stalagtites and stalagmites. Do you know the difference? Think of a man with ants in his pants... The mites go up and the tights go down. LOL!

That looks like an organ in a cavern. You're right it is. At 3.5 acres, it is "The World's Largest Musical Instrument." If you gently tap a stalagtite, it sounds a note. The pitch of the note it sounds depends on its size and mineral makeup. 37 stalagmites around the cavern (that's where the 3.5 acres comes from) have a small mallet attached to them. This is similar to the mallets used in a grand piano. Using the available 37 notes, music can be played. While we were there, the organ (its a player organ) played, "Oh Shenandoah" for us. Very different. The organ is in a large room. Several weddings have been held there.

 Today's Stats 

Beginning time: 9:30a
Ending time: 8:00p
Net driving time (includes stops, etc.): 10.5
Begining odometer: 111013
Ending odometer: 111274
Net miles today: 261
Average MPH: 24.8
Total trip mileage: 1160

Gasoline: $32.00 - $1.799/gallon in Queen Anne, DE
Food, ice, etc.: $13
Lodging: $0
Other: $18.00 - Luray Caverns

 Thought For The Day 

Bumper sticker of the year: If you can read this, thank a teacher....and since it's in English, thank a soldier.
 Joke Of The Day 

The Sunday Sermon was titled, "Forgive Your Enemies."

Toward the end of the service, the preacher asked his congregation, "How many of you have forgiven your enemies?"

About half held up their hands. He then repeated his question, "I ask again, How many of you have forgiven your enemies?"

As it was past lunchtime, this time about 80 percent held up their hands. He then repeated his question again. All responded, except one small, elderly lady.

"Mrs. Jones?" inquired the preacher, "Are you not willing to forgive your enemies?"

Smiling sweetly, she replied, "I don't have any."

"Mrs. Jones, That is very unusual. How old are you?"


"Oh Mrs. Jones, what a blessing and a lesson to us all you are. Would you please come down in front of this congregation and tell us all how a person can live ninety-three years and not have an enemy in the world."

"Surely." The little sweetheart of a lady tottered down the aisle, turned and faced the congregation and said, "I outlived the Bitches."

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