Friday, April 23, 2010

Lunch along the Skyline Drive

The mountains called ... SWAC Husband and I answered, taking our lunch and heading for the Skyline Drive. We are blessed to be in the shadow of Shenandoah National Park and the beauty and tranquility it provides.

Dundo picnic area had some visitors and a bus load of Rockingham County public school students at the group picnic area.

I remember when this overlook water fountain worked. It has been permanently shut off.

Wildflowers

Group picnicking at Dundo.

The path less traveled....

The mountains are greening but bare woods are still at higher elevations.



We counted 20-30 bicyclists along the Drive throughout the day.

The mountains were beautiful, as always. The serenity of the Drive was relaxing, as always. Dundo picnic area was open on the southern end of Skyline Drive but Loft Mountain campground and wayside were both still closed.

Workers at Loft Mountain were making repairs at the wayside while asphalt trucks were paving the road into the campground. Much work has been done to clean up winter debris.

Besides the more-than-usual number of bicyclists, we also saw backpackers walking along the Drive and a number of cars parked in hiking areas although there was not much traffic on the Drive itself. It was a good day to visit and celebrate our wedding anniversary as we danced with the mountains.

Photos by SWAC Girl
Lynn Mitchell
23 April 2010

3 comments:

Joy Jackson said...

I love this entry. I almost feel like I've been there myself. Thanks for the tour.

SouthsideCentral said...

I don't believe there's a working natural water fountain in any park anymore.

Sad.

SWAC Girl said...

It is sad. As a kid, we always wanted our parents to stop at that particular overlook so we could "drink water coming out of the rock." I think it was connected to a natural spring and the water was constantly flowing.

Even as an adult it still worked ... don't remember when it just wasn't working anymore. However, it's a preserved memory from way back when ... drinking water out of a rock as a kid. :)