Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

In October of 2004, Stephanie and I drove to Luray, Virginia for NBeast, the New Beetle East car show. Luray is in central Shenandoah Valley in northwest Virginia, in the Appalachian Range between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. The show was held in the parking lot of one of the local tourist atttractions: The Luray Caverns, a U.S. Natural Landmark and the largest and most popular cave in Eastern America, featuring the world’s only Stalacpipe Organ. Outside the caverns is a large topiary maze. On the way home we stopped off with some of the other Beetle owners at Dinosaur Landin Winchester, Virginia.

Caverns, then Dinosaur Land!

Unfortunately, our tour guide had a speech impediment, and there were screaming kids on the tour, so I wasn’t always sure of what the features were in the caverns. On Sunday morning, it was too foggy to take the Skyline Drive, so some of us broke off and drove up to Winchester VA. to see Dinosaur Land.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

"Fish Market"

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Pluto’s Chasm.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Pluto’s Chasm.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Pluto’s Chasm.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Pluto’s Chasm.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

The empress column.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Me next to the column.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Isn’t she cute?

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Pluto’s Chasm.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Pluto’s Chasm.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Largest Stalagtite in the world.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Different view of tatiana’s veil.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Largest Stalagtite in the world.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Tatiana’s Veil.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Tatiana’s Veil.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Saracen’s Tent.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Saracen’s Tent.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Saracen’s Tent.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Broken stalagtite.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Frozen fountain.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Frozen fountain.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Double Column in giant’s Hall.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Giant’s Hall.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Giant’s Hall.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

The Cathedral.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Cathedral where weddings are held.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

The Stalcpipe Organ.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

The Stalcpipe Organ.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Another view of empress tower.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Wishing Well.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Wishing Well.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Wishing Well.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

slippery!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

fried eggs

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

ooops. Beetles too far ahead.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Outside Dinosaur Land.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Rawwwwrrrrr!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

dinosaur land!!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

beetles at dinosaur land.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Stephanie Look out!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Wizard of Oz tree.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Sharks in Dinosaur land?

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

oops. Dead mouse.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Cave painting.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Yikes! Don’t get eaten!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

I’m trying to break his tooth.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Just like Hollywood.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Inside the shark.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Scary!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

What the hell is that?

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Oh no! She’s being carried off!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Wooly mammoth friends.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Visiting Friends, Heading Home

More dinosaur land photos, and then took off for home, stopping in Cumberland Maryland to visite Stephanie’s friend BJ on the way. We took I-68 west instead of the Pennsylvania turnpike on the way back.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Truly the fugliest dino of all.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Yea! Stegosaurus.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Okay, that might be more fugly.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

dino fight!!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Um is that a raptor behind me?

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Yummy!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Epic battle.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Yummy!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

My favorite.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

D’oh! he fell down!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Sniffin’ his butt?

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

rrrrahhhhrrrr!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

You get him in the nads…

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

And I’ll poke his butt.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Now that’s a scary bird.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Um, shouldn’t he be in water?

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Cobra seems a bit out of scale.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

And the Mantis is the wrong size too.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia
Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

King Kong!!!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

King Kong tries to steal my girl!

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

too bad Kong.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

On the road home.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Fog on the mountain top.

Dinosaurland in Winchester, Virginia

Fog on the mountain top.

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