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Memorial Day Visit with Cousins

We visited with my cousins Vernon, Wendy and Aiden for several hours on Memorial Day.

We hadn’t seen Vernon and Wendy since their wedding in October 2009, so there was much to catch up on. Even though we have stayed in touch via telephone calls and Facebook, I feel face-to-face conversations are the most rewarding. We had a very good visit. As is usually the case when good times are being had, the time went by much too quickly.

Vernon and Wendy have a new son. Aiden was born on May 14th. We were honored to be among the first to meet him.

Aiden giving Daddy a fist bump

Memorial Day Weekend – Alexandria, VA

We spent the Memorial Day weekend in Virginia. Our first night in Virginia (Friday, May 27) was spent in Front Royal.

On the morning of Saturday, May 28, after taking a few photographs in Front Royal we set off for Skyline Drive. We drove the entire length of Skyline Drive (105 miles) on Saturday. We spent our second night in Waynesboro at the Best Western Waynesboro Inn & Suites. We would stay at this hotel again, if the opportunity presented itself. We were happy with the hotel and our accommodations.

Our final destination for our Memorial Day weekend was Alexandria, Virginia. We took our time driving from Waynesboro to Alexandria. We stayed off the Interstates and took back roads most of the way to Alexandria. Along the way, as we were passing by Brandy Station, we spotted a church from the highway. We turned around for a closer look.

Fleetwood Church at Brandy Station

We spent two nights in Alexandria at the Best Western Mount Vernon – Fort Belvoir. This is another hotel that we would recommend for travelers. I expect that we will return to Alexandria sometime in the future and, when we do so, we will definitely stay at this hotel.

The purpose of our trip to Alexandria was to visit my cousins, Vernon and Wendy, and their 2-week-old son, Aiden. We didn’t do any sightseeing in Alexandria, except for a brief stop at Huntley Meadows Park on our way to Vernon and Wendy’s house from the hotel.

There were lots and lots of dragonflies at Huntley Meadows Park!

Another dragonfly

Boardwalk trail through Huntley Meadows Park wetlands

Baby duck at Huntley Meadows Park

I would love to return to this park some day, but on a day that there is not a heat advisory posted!

Memorial Day Weekend – Skyline Drive (Loft Mountain Overlook to Rockfish Gap)

We spent the Memorial Day weekend in Virginia. On Saturday we drove the entire length of Skyline Drive (105 miles), from Front Royal to Rockfish Gap. In order to better showcase the photographs that I took along Skyline Drive, I have divided the drive into five areas:

Front Royal to Pass Mountain Overlook
Thornton Gap to Crescent Rock
Hawksbill Gap to Point Overlook
Bearfence to Simmons Gap
Loft Mountain Overlook to Rockfish Gap

This blog post highlights the portion of the drive identified as Loft Mountain Overlook to Rockfish Gap.

Loft Mountain Overlook

Two Mile Run Overlook

The high point 10 miles straight ahead is on the south end of Massanutten Mountain. For 50 miles to the north this mountain splits the Shenandoah Valley.

Ivy Creek Overlook
Isn’t that cloud amazing?

Ivy Creek Overlook

Rockytop Overlook

Horsehead Overlook

This concludes my blog posts showcasing photographs that I took while on Skyline Drive. I still have one more post from our Memorial Day weekend to upload, though, so please stay tuned!

Memorial Day Weekend – Skyline Drive (Bearfence to Simmons Gap)

We spent the Memorial Day weekend in Virginia. On Saturday we drove the entire length of Skyline Drive (105 miles), from Front Royal to Rockfish Gap. In order to better showcase the photographs that I took along Skyline Drive, I have divided the drive into five areas:

Front Royal to Pass Mountain Overlook
Thornton Gap to Crescent Rock
Hawksbill Gap to Point Overlook
Bearfence to Simmons Gap
Loft Mountain Overlook to Rockfish Gap

This blog post highlights the portion of the drive identified as Bearfence to Simmons Gap.

Baldface Mountain Overlook

Sandy Bottom Overlook

Bob took this picture of me at the Sandy Bottom Overlook

Bacon Hollow Overlook

Bob climbed rocks at Bacon Hollow Overlook

While Bob climbed rocks at Bacon Hollow Overlook, I admired the flowers at the base of the rocks.

Eaton Hollow Overlook

My next Memorial Day Weekend blog post will highlight the portion of Skyline Drive that I have identified as Loft Mountain Overlook to Rockfish Gap.

Memorial Day Weekend – Skyline Drive (Hawksbill Gap to Point Overlook)

We spent the Memorial Day weekend in Virginia. On Saturday we drove the entire length of Skyline Drive (105 miles), from Front Royal to Rockfish Gap. In order to better showcase the photographs that I took along Skyline Drive, I have divided the drive into five areas:

Front Royal to Pass Mountain Overlook
Thornton Gap to Crescent Rock
Hawksbill Gap to Point Overlook
Bearfence to Simmons Gap
Loft Mountain Overlook to Rockfish Gap

This blog post highlights the portion of the drive identified as Hawksbill Gap to Point Overlook.

Big Meadows Wayside

We ate lunch at the Big Meadows Wayside. The Wayside houses a full-service dining room with carryout service and offers a varied menu of regional favorites and contemporary food. Our entree choices were good; however, the hand-dipped blackberry ice cream was delicious! This was my first time eating blackberry ice cream. I hope it isn’t the last!

Luna Moth

After lunch, we saw this Luna Moth! It was resting on the window ledge outside of the restaurant.

Hazeltop Ridge Overlook

The Point Overlook

My next Memorial Day Weekend blog post will highlight the portion of Skyline Drive that I have identified as Bearfence to Ivy Creek Overlook.

Memorial Day Weekend – Skyline Drive (Thorton Gap to Crescent Rock)

We spent the Memorial Day weekend in Virginia. On Saturday we drove the entire length of Skyline Drive (105 miles), from Front Royal to Rockfish Gap. In order to better showcase the photographs that I took along Skyline Drive, I have divided the drive into five areas:

Front Royal to Pass Mountain Overlook
Thornton Gap to Crescent Rock
Hawksbill Gap to Point Overlook
Bearfence to Simmons Gap
Loft Mountain Overlook to Rockfish Gap

This blog post highlights the portion of the drive identified as Thornton Gap to Crescent Rock.

Marys Rock Tunnel

This tunnel was built in 1932. It goes through 600 feet of rock, with a 14-foot clearance.

Marys Rock Tunnel Overlook

A motorcyclist videotaping his friends, as they ride through Marys Rock Tunnel

We believe that at least one of these motorcyclists had a medical emergency further down the road. A riding party was pulled off the road, with one person (I believe) receiving medical attention. We do not know the nature of the emergency. We hope that all motorcyclists returned home safely that day.

Motorcyclists riding through Marys Rock Tunnel

Bob at Hazel Mountain Overlook

Hazel Mountain Overlook

Bob at Hazel Mountain Overlook

Hazel Mountain Overlook

Stony Man Mountain
Look closely! Can you see the eyes, nose and mouth?

Timber Hollow Overlook

Crescent Rock Overlook

My next blog post will highlight the portion of Skyline Drive that I have identified as Hawksbill Gap to Point Overlook.

Memorial Day Weekend – Skyline Drive (Front Royal to Thorton Gap)

We spent the Memorial Day weekend in Virginia. On Saturday we drove the entire length of Skyline Drive (105 miles), from Front Royal to Rockfish Gap. In order to better showcase the photographs that I took along Skyline Drive, I have divided the drive into five areas:

Front Royal to Pass Mountain Overlook
Thornton Gap to Crescent Rock
Hawksbill Gap to Point Overlook
Bearfence to Simmons Gap
Loft Mountain Overlook to Rockfish Gap

This blog post highlights the portion of the drive identified as Front Royal to Pass Mountain Overlook.

Front Royal (North) Entrance Station

Shenandoah Valley Overlook

Shenandoah Valley Overlook
This is a telephoto view of the previous photograph.

View prior to Signal Knob Overlook

View prior to Signal Knob Overlook
This is a telephoto view of the previous photograph.

Signal Knob Overlook

Gooney Run Overlook

Bob at Range View Overlook

Little Hogback Overlook

Little Devils Stairs Overlook

Hogback Overlook

Bob climbed the rocks at Hogback Overlook.

Hogback Overlook

A deer crossed the road between Hogback Overlook and Pass Mountain Overlook.

Pass Mountain Overlook

Bob at Pass Mountain Overlook

My next blog post will highlight the portion of Skyline Drive that I have identified as Thornton Gap to Crescent Rock.

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