Monday, October 12, 2009

13 September 2009 Arriving at Shenandoah

Overlooking the Shenandoah Valley

A View from Dickey Ridge Trail

Columnar Jointing

Sunset on Hogback Ridge

It had been five years since our last wonderful visit to Shenandoah. This was our seventh. When we arrived on Sunday afternoon, the views were amazing. Over the years we've been coming here, we've steadily seen a decline in the views from the D.C. area development sprawl. Usually it is best only after a strong rain has washed the smog away. Today it was grand even without advance rain. We knew as the week wears on the view diminishes so we enjoyed this while we could.

We made a geocaching stop to find an earthcache. This earthcache took us to an amazing place. The write-up taught me about columnar jointing. As usual, the questions and 'educational' requirements were a negative part of the earthcache. We spent the rest of the week looking for examples of what we had learned at other areas of the park, but not once discussed the questions within the earthcache that made us roll our eyes.

Our last stop before Skyland was at the Hogback Ridge Overlook for sunset. An RV with many antennas gave us a good reason to smile and enjoy the end of an outstanding day.

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