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The Cave

April 4, 2017

“‘Cause I need freedom now”

The Cave, Mumford & Sons

 For someone who is borderline photosynthetic, I’ve spent a lot of time underground.

As you can probably tell, I’m basically the biggest tourist ever, and if there’s a cave or mine to explore where I’m currently adventuring, you better believe I’m going to check it out.

Fortunately, Virginia had it’s own caves to explore, which is how I found myself roadtripping out to Luray Caverns last weekend.

Although the caverns were our true destination, the ride itself was an adventure in itself.

As someone who grew up in the bone-dry and flat part of Texas, I was endlessly enchanted by the rolling hills and limitless green space we saw as we moved outside of Richmond and closer to the Shenandoahs.

Although smaller in scale compared to something like Carlsbad, Luray Caverns was well worth the trip.

Once we got our tickets, we walked down the long and steep flight of stairs to get to the cave’s floor.

Although the modern entrance has since been reinforced with steel and the hand-rails, you could still see the original hole in the ceiling that the discoverers of the cave originally used to get into the caverns.

The caves looked like a mix between a Gothic cathedral and an H.P. Lovecraft illustration, and our guide assured us that without the modern lighting that had been wired into the caves, it would be too dark for us to see our hand in front of our face.

While I certainly enjoyed the towering stalagmites and the cavern’s famous wishing well, my favorite part was the reflection pool.

The water was so smooth that the formations reflected from the ceiling also appeared to be coming out of the seemingly bottomless pool, even though the water was barely a few inches deep and only contained a sandy bottom.

There’s plenty to do outside the caves too, and I had an equally fun time trying to find my way out of the local hedge maze and drooling over the old race cars at the transportation museum.

While I still identify as an indoorsy person, living in Virginia has given me an insane number of chances to see more of the wonders nature has to offer.

I’m skeptical of whether I’ll ever be a true outdoorsy adventurer though, but who knows, maybe one day I’ll cave.

Hi my name is Maren and I'm a freshman at the University of Richmond. I was born and raised right outside of Dallas, Texas and have consequently heard every Texas stereotype you can think of. I'll go ahead and put on record that I don't wear cowboy boots nor have I ever ridden a horse to school. I love to travel and have to date been to over twelve different countries, including Israel, Peru, and Hungary. I'm a huge history buff and collect random history trivia like old ladies collect cats. I also enjoy reading and watching movies/tv equally, although the subject matter and depth of each fluctuates often. Toss in the fact that I'm a Sagittarius and fluent in three different types of sarcasm and you'll have more than enough information to navigate my diary entries for the rest of the year.


Why UR?

Why UR? It was the summer of 2011 and I was just wrapping up an internship in DC. When I mentioned how much I loved the area, my boss recommended that I look at the University of Richmond for college. Fast forward about two years and you have me on my first tour of the campus thinking, "If inanimate objects had souls, the University of Richmond would be my soulmate." While visiting UR I became smitten with its red brick architecture, awed by its dedicated faculty, and enticed by its massive dessert bar in the main dining hall. Richmond's location in a metropolitan area with world-class museums, theaters, and other cultural necessities (like Target) all while having a true separate campus community was a dream come true. All this and more is why I applied Early Decision, and I haven't looked back since.