Thursday, April 16, 2009

April 16-- Skyline Drive

We were blessed with the sun today! Spring is not out yet in the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge mountains, but we still found the scenery of the mountains and valleys of this area absolutely breath-taking. Most of the area we covered was in the Shenandoah National Park. And we even took some time out to hike. We climbed to the rocky top of Blackrock Summit and, in another area, hiked down to view Dark Hollow Falls. Both areas were well worth the physical effort to get to. And yes, that is me on top of the summit. Both John and I accomplished that minor feat. Actually, I was more concerned about disturbing rattle snakes on that climb than slipping on the rocks! And John was pleased that on that trek we did walk a little distance on the Appalachian Trail. Another pleasant part of this day was encountering many deer- sometimes that even hindered our drive, as you can see in the picture. The deer appeared to be licking something off of the pavement but we could not figure out what it would be. Maybe someone out there has an answer. Black bear are also in this park and after awhile I started wishing they would replace some of the deer we were seeing.

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