With temperatures in the single digits, there was no chance of trying out my new camera on pretty landscapes of ice and the dusting of snow we'd got overnight. It's been so frustrating having all new camera equipment and not being able to get out and use it, so I thought a day underground and inside buildings would work well. Melony came over and we decided to go back to a favorite place of mine, a little known Americana gem in Quicksburg called Shenandoah Caverns.
We rode down in the elevator and I eagerly pulled the lens cap off my camera and started snapping. I really couldn't decide whether I preferred shooting while using the viewfinder or by looking at the monitor so I ended up using both. I let the camera choose its own ISO setting for the images and focused on getting the light and speed correct. And then fretted as I had no time in which to check anything as our group was moving quite fast. Melony and I were the only two with cameras and obviously we couldn't hold up the group, but our guide, Hannah, turned out to be really accommodating and readily held back a few seconds longer occasionally so we could get our shots. but I still had no time to check so I just carried on shooting and kept my fingers crossed.
We were feeling pretty warm when we surfaced from the caverns. It had been hot and humid down there with more water dripping from the roof than I remembered from my last visit. We ripped off our jackets and continued with the Main Street of Yesteryear.
We then made our way
to the American Celebration where I was itching to see Melony's reaction
to the size of these creations. We entered the dimly lit and musky smelling warehouse and looked up. I wasn't disappointed. Melony was quite
taken aback and in awe. There are 27 full size parade floats here and over 100 props. We had the place to ourselves too as a mother and child were finishing their tour.
Throughout the museum the floor is laid with presidential red carpet and apparently some folks have refused to walk upon it in case Bill Clinton's feet had passed across it previously.