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Easter Vacation – Day 3 of 5: Blue Ridge Parkway (James River to Humpback Rocks)

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.

P4194444 4x6Lower Otter Creek Overlook, Elev. 680 feet

P4194443 4x6Otter Creek

After lunch we stopped at several scenic overlooks, as we made our way to the north entrance of the Parkway.

E4194293 4x6View House Mountain, Elev. 3, 612 feet; Elev. Here 2,498 feet.

E4194298 4x6View Irish Creek Valley 1,500 feet below, Elev. here 2,660 feet.

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E4194305 4x620-Minute Cliff

E4194306 4x620-Minute Cliff

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.

WP_20140419 15Bob took this picture of me, as I was taking a picture of the view.
The drop off the Parkway was straight down!

E4194309 4x6This is the picture that I took alongside the Parkway.

Ravens Roost Overlook (Elev. 3,200 feet) was the last overlook that we stopped at before reaching Humpback Rocks.

E4194316 4x6This broad rock ledge is a typical raven’s roost. Although we saw none, ravens and buzzards are frequently seen from this point.

WP_20140419 16Bob took this picture of me at Ravens Roost Overlook.

E4194318 4x6Ravens Roost Overlook

E4194313 4x6To the right of the rock ledge is a scenic overlook of the Shenandoah Valley, 1,800 feet below.

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.

E4194320 4x6Fence across Parkway from Humpback Rocks Visitor Center

4 Responses to “Easter Vacation – Day 3 of 5: Blue Ridge Parkway (James River to Humpback Rocks)”

  1. Betsyfromtennessee

    Oh how I love that area!!!! Thanks for the memories… We remember so much of what you have photographed… Love it!!! Sounds like you had a fabulous trip.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    Reply
  2. seniorhiker

    I’d say you did pretty good taking less than 5 hours to go that distance. I’m not sure we do it that quickly; there are just too many good places to stop for photos. I like the barn you captured.

    Reply

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