Since we were studying Earth Science this year I decided I needed to be creative to make it fun. I figured studying dirt, rocks, and water could get pretty boring so I put my mind to work. I came up with a list of places to go for field trips, Luray Caverns was one of the places. I looked up information about it and realized it was expensive to go just as individuals but if you got a school group together it was about 1/2 price per person. You had to have a minimum of 15 paying students though. I decided it was worth a try to get a group together. I figured we would be really close on meeting the minimum if we just tried to get a group together from Charlottesville so I invited anyone who wanted to come from Northern VA, Richmond, and Fredericksburg.
Well the 13th came and we all headed to Luray, all 73 of us (27 adults, 33 students, 13 children). WOW! I never dreamed it would turn out so BIG! Some got there early and had a picnic lunch and toured some of the museums before we all met at 1:45 for the tour. The staff (once they showed up) was fantastic to work with. We had to split into 2 groups to tour the caverns since there were so many of us. I think everyone really enjoyed going through the caverns except Layton and Meg who hung on to someone the entire way through.
After we made it through the caverns almost everyone went down to the rope course. I forget how many people actually did the ropes course. The rest of us just watched and took pictures. I think the kids all agreed that the ropes course was the best part of the field trip. They definitely enjoyed themselves. The guy running the course was so nice and even let the little kids on the bottom level. They thought they were big stuff.
Grandmommy Cotten and Shauna rode with us. Brett and Leah’s family (plus Jordan) and Weldon and Lorianne’s family stopped by our house for dinner on their way home. We enjoyed eating and visiting with them all.
I think I had an adrenaline let down that night, I was so tired. I had never undertaken such a big operation before. I was so glad it was a hit and am already trying to figure out where to go next. I am thinking Spring would be a good time for another one. Does anyone have any suggestions?