RV - Natural Bridge
Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
149Trip End Dec 07, 2013
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When George Washington was a young surveyor, he scaled 7metres up the left wall of the bridge and carved his initials in the rock when he surveyed the area in 1750. His initials can be still seen today.
We continued along the Cedar Creek trail to the recreated Monacan Indian Village and spoke to a woman weaving baskets and a man who was attending the fire. They gave us an outline of what life would have been like for the Sedentary Indian tribes who once inhabited this area
We walked to the end of the Cedar Creek trail to Lace falls. The Locust trees were starting to shed their leaves signalling the start of fall. Other attractions we viewed were the butterfly garden and Wax Museum. Within the museum is a wax collection of all the American Presidents, stories of the early settlement of the area and a production of the Last Supper. This museum manufactures historical wax figures for museums across the country so we were able to observe them at work.
After lunch we took a tour of the caverns at the bridge. On this guided tour we quickly descended into the depths of the cavern. It was lovely to see the lit 'rooms' and sheer rock faces created by the earth's movement. Some of the 'rooms' are now closed off to the public following the earthquake in 2011 (the same that shook the Washington Monument). Investigations revealed that some of the closed walkway was only 10cm thick.
A treat this evening was returning to the Natural Bridge for a spectacular symphonic light show. Each evening the bridge is lit by a rainbow of colours while classical music and narration retells the Genesis creation story.