Skyline Drive was a 1.4-mile drive away from Woodward House on Manor Glade B&B, our accommodation for the previous night. We hopped onto Skyline Drive, via the Front Royal entrance, at 8:43 am on Sunday August 21.
Within a short period of time we saw lots of squirrels on the road. There were so many squirrels scurrying about that Bob remarked “someone might be tossing peanuts out the window”.
What a difference a day makes!
When overlook views are not visible because of rain and fog, attention is paid to what is closer to you.
We stopped at the Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center (Milepost 51), located across from Big Meadows. I obtained a National Park Service passport cancellation stamp, a rubber ink stamp that records the name of the national park and date of your visit.
Besides squirrels we saw six deer … a group of four and two more. One deer was on one side of the road and another deer was on the other side of road. We saw turkey and poults too.
This was our first time on Skyline Drive in the rain and fog. We drove all 105 miles of the drive. If this had been our very first time on Skyline Drive, I believe we would have been disappointed in what we couldn’t see. We may not have even made the drive, opting to do something different instead. I am happy that we drove Skyline Drive even in the rain and fog. What could be seen was still beautiful.
We arrived at Best Western Plus Inn & Suites in Waynesboro VA at 1:00 pm. We had hoped to check in early. Unfortunately no rooms were ready for check in. The hotel clerk took my telephone number and said she would call me, when our room was available. Normal check in is at 3:00 pm. The hotel clerk called 15 minutes later, while we were at Walmart. We checked into our hotel at approximately 1:45 pm.
I think it was 4:00 pm that we walked across the parking lot to The Fishin’ Pig. We ordered BBQ platters. Bob ordered a brisket platter; I ordered a pulled chicken platter. Both platters came with coleslaw. We added two additional sides — baked beans and macaroni n cheese for me and macaroni n cheese and potato salad for Bob. We left the restaurant with full stomachs.
After dinner we returned to our hotel, where we relaxed for rest of the day.