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.

"Fish Market"

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Dream Lake mirror pool.

Pluto’s Chasm.

Pluto’s Chasm.

Pluto’s Chasm.

Pluto’s Chasm.

The empress column.

Me next to the column.

Isn’t she cute?

Pluto’s Chasm.

Pluto’s Chasm.

Largest Stalagtite in the world.

Different view of tatiana’s veil.

Largest Stalagtite in the world.

Tatiana’s Veil.

Tatiana’s Veil.

Saracen’s Tent.

Saracen’s Tent.

Saracen’s Tent.

Broken stalagtite.

Frozen fountain.

Frozen fountain.

Double Column in giant’s Hall.

Giant’s Hall.

Giant’s Hall.

The Cathedral.

Cathedral where weddings are held.

The Stalcpipe Organ.

The Stalcpipe Organ.

Another view of empress tower.

Wishing Well.

Wishing Well.

Wishing Well.

slippery!

fried eggs

ooops. Beetles too far ahead.

Outside Dinosaur Land.

Rawwwwrrrrr!

dinosaur land!!

beetles at dinosaur land.

Stephanie Look out!

Wizard of Oz tree.

Sharks in Dinosaur land?

oops. Dead mouse.

Cave painting.

Yikes! Don’t get eaten!

I’m trying to break his tooth.

Just like Hollywood.

Inside the shark.

Scary!

What the hell is that?

Oh no! She’s being carried off!

Wooly mammoth friends.

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.

Truly the fugliest dino of all.

Yea! Stegosaurus.

Okay, that might be more fugly.

dino fight!!

Um is that a raptor behind me?

Yummy!

Epic battle.

Yummy!

My favorite.

D’oh! he fell down!

Sniffin’ his butt?

rrrrahhhhrrrr!

You get him in the nads…

And I’ll poke his butt.

Now that’s a scary bird.

Um, shouldn’t he be in water?

Cobra seems a bit out of scale.

And the Mantis is the wrong size too.

King Kong!!!

King Kong tries to steal my girl!

too bad Kong.

On the road home.

Fog on the mountain top.

Fog on the mountain top.

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