Recently my summer travels brought me to Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. There at the foot of the Massanutten Mountain range I found and toured Endless Caverns. One of the first questions I asked my guide concerned the reason for the caverns’ name. I learned that although five miles of passages have been mapped, much of the complex labyrinth of this underground wonder has yet to be explored. Some of those areas have been declared unsafe due to shifts in the rock tables.
Discovered in 1879 by two boys and a dog when following a rabbit, the cave was wired to provide light for visitors in 1920. Before that time, the caverns were lit by candles. At one point in our tour, when 92 feet below ground, our guide turned off the lights. I have never experienced such depth of ebony darkness. I could not see my hand in front of my face!
Here are a few of the photos I took while on our tour. Notice that the natural color of the cave has been allowed to show, unchanged by colored lights. I appreciated seeing the genuine glory of these unique natural formations. Once more I felt amazed by the beauty of one of God’s “secret” creations, deep underground.
This is one of my favorite formations.
There are several caverns in the Shenandoah Valley that are open for public viewing. Several years ago, I visited and enjoyed Luray Caverns. Every cavern experience is unique. In each one the beauty of water dripping through limestone rocks along with mineral staining creates wondrous formations, each a distinctive creation. Viewing them is an experience that should not be missed.