Bob and I spent three nights (April 17-20) in Waynesboro, Virginia. Waynesboro is located near where the Skyline Drive ends and the Blue Ridge Parkway begins. Our original plan was to stay in Waynesboro for four nights, but we departed a day early. I will explain why we left Waynesboro a day early in a future blog post.
The highlights on Day 3 (April 19) of our Easter vacation included a visit to Natural Bridge, walking on a swinging bridge in Buchanan and driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. Thursday’s blog post (4/24/2014) provided photographs and details about our visit to Natural Bridge. Friday’s blog post (4/25/2014) was about our brief stop in Buchanan VA. From Buchanan we took Route 43 to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We entered the Parkway at Milepost 90.9, Bearwallow Gap, and exited at Milepost 0, Rockfish Gap. Our 90-mile drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway yielded many photographs. I am sharing those photographs via four separate blog posts. In Tuesday’s blog post (4/29/2014) I shared photographs from Milepost 90.9, Bearwallow Gap, to just before Milepost 63.8, James River Visitor Center. In yesterday’s blog post I shared photographs that were taken at the James River Visitor Center. In today’s blog post I will share photographs from Milepost 63.8, James River, to just before Milepost 5.8, Humpback Rocks.
By the time we left the James River Visitor Center area it was well past noon, and we were hungry. We ate lunch at a Parkway picnic table along Otter Creek.
After lunch we stopped at several scenic overlooks, as we made our way to the north entrance of the Parkway.
Most places we stopped along the Parkway were designated scenic overlooks. Here is one stop, where we just pulled off the side of the road so that I could take a picture.
Ravens Roost Overlook (Elev. 3,200 feet) was the last overlook that we stopped at before reaching Humpback Rocks.
This broad rock ledge is a typical raven’s roost. Although we saw none, ravens and buzzards are frequently seen from this point.
We reached Milepost 5.8, Humpback Rocks, at approximately 3:15 PM. It took us about 4 3/4 hours to travel 85.1 miles on the Parkway.