Sunday, August 19, 2012

Skyline Drive socked in with fog and rain

Fog on the Appalachian Mountains west of  Staunton.

At Rockfish Gap on Afton Mountain, rain came down and the fog was thick at mid-day on Sunday ...

... and as we approached the entrance station at the southern end of Skyline Drive, the fog got thicker.

It was 61 degrees as we traveled the first few miles in Shenandoah National Park ...

... and at the first overlook, this was the view into the Shenandoah Valley. Some rainy days in the mountains have wispy fog blowing through but today it was socked in and pouring so we turned back toward Afton and saved our trip for another day. Campers were on an exodus leaving after what had been a beautiful weekend. These are the kinds of conditions when tents and tarps have to be packed wet and taken home to then be unpacked to dry out. The rain ended later in the day but cool, overcast conditions continued into the evening with the possibility of more rain overnight and Monday.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
August 19, 2012

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