It’s been another crazy couple of weeks with a lot going on… baseball games (to entertain clients), proposals at work, speaking engagements, kids birthday parties, hanging out with mommy (my mommy that is) and lots and lots of family time. I don’t know about you, but in our home, it seems that there is ALWAYS something to do. In the midst of all this, we did manage to find time to take a trip. Yay!!! We all know girls love to travel right?
Traveling and discovering new things has always been something that I’ve enjoyed doing. When we began having children, it seemed that our days of flying high, sailing the high seas, and hitting the road were over. But, we soon realized that we simply had to adjust to accommodate the little people in our lives. The more we travel with the kids, the easier the process becomes in that we now have a better idea of what works for each of them, what additional things we need to take with us to help us all survive the ride, and we get better at dealing with the “are we there yet?” syndrome. I must say, however, that the experience never becomes less tiring.
Last week, as part of our bucket list adventures and to celebrate the July 4th holiday, we decided to take a little day trip to the Shenandoah Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Though as a mom, they can sometimes seem stressful, I do love spontaneous trips such as these. Everything about this trip was divine. From the beautiful scenic drive to the friendly, laid-back atmosphere, we enjoyed every second of it. First, we stopped and spent the early part of our day in Luray, VA exploring the amazing Luray Caverns. I’d been there when I was a child and was very much looking forward to having my kids experience it as well. My husband was also going for the first time, so, it was truly a fun experience for us all.
There is such rich history in Western Virginia and to our excitement, Luray Caverns did not disappoint. My daughter was a little scared when we first entered the cave, but she soon loosened up a bit and ended up having a wonderful time seeing the sights and hearing the interesting stories. She was especially delighted by the “cave music” that we heard near the end of our guided tour and the “cave kisses” (water drops) which were felt sporadically throughout the entire tour of the caverns. According to the tour guide, each cave kiss equaled one year of good luck for the recipient. My honey was thrilled about this as well as the fact that the cave seemed to like her enough to kiss her throughout the tour. Following the tour, we visited some of the surrounding museums, grabbed a bite to eat and continued on our journey.
Next stop for us, beyond the beautiful farmland nestled in those gorgeous mountains… Staunton, VA (yep, I’d never heard of it either, but it’s a place we’ll be visiting often). We went there on a whim after my husband received the recommendation from a co-worker. Since I already wanted to take the family to Luray, it was an easy ride from there. This quaint little town was everything we needed… charming, welcoming and chill, a very nice break from the hustle and bustle of DC. Don’t get me wrong, I love the charm of DC, but sometimes it feels so great to get away. The rest of the trip was really cool, we walked, and we ate, talked to the locals and kind of saw fireworks. We even made a date with a sweet older lady to meet her in the church parking lot to watch fireworks with her next year! It was really a great trip and it set off a chain reaction for us. We finally went ahead and booked our main vacation this summer and are planning several more day trips. With all this fun, it’s been hard to keep up with my blogging, but I’m sure you understand.
Now… I won’t bore you with my pictures, but I will excite you with some! 😉 I really did take a ton, so, here are just a few. Enjoy!