luray cave

Reflecting on Dream Lake

Telling roof from floor is a bit tricky when the spring water in a part of Luray Cavern (in Virginia) is so still that it takes on mirror like qualities, so the old question of which are stalactites (holding on tight to the ceiling) or mites is open to debate. The rocks here are Ordovician magnesium rich limestones called dolomites deposited in a long gone ocean some 480 million years ago. They were then folded into a mountain range (whose American remnants are known as the Appalachians) when the Iapetus Ocean closed up during the assembly of the supercontinent Pangaea. Later acidic waters hollowed out networks of caves in a set of processes called karst erosion, whereby the limestone is dissolved and carried away to be reprecipitated.


Image credit: David Jones


The Wishing Well in Luray Caverns, Virginia

The Wishing Well is a green pond with coins three feet deep at the bottom. The pond looks 3–4 feet deep but at its deepest point it is actually 6–7 feet deep [x]. It’s amassed around $900K since it started, with all the money being donated to various charities, and a sign denoting the recipients.



At Luray Caverns on the eve of Christmas eve with old family friends (that are basically like cousins to me). We freaked out a bunch of times while underground when the lights went out and we kept losing the youngins in our party, but in the end all was well. 

I took a bunch of photos and my favorites were these bw ones in the end!