Monday, October 20, 2014

Skyline Drive

The rest of the trip down Skyline Drive was just stupendous!  The weather was warm and sunny the whole time.  We stopped at many an overlook - but not all of them.   Skyline Drive is 105 miles long and has 70 overlooks!  After awhile, we did drive-by views of some of them.

I do have to say that if you want to do some hiking, or check out some waterfalls, you'll need to buy yourself a good book about Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway.  Most of the trail-heads are not marked, or if they are identified as a trail-head, it gives you no indication whatsoever of how long the hike is, no trail map, and doesn't tell you what level of hiking it is.

I wanted to hike in to see a waterfall, so we arbitrarily picked Dark Hollow Falls.  It turned out to be about a 1 mile hike seemingly straight downhill........which of course meant it was a mile straight back up to get out!  We immediately saw some deer:

The hike down was beautiful and so was the waterfall.

The hike back up wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  We went slowly and stopped often and made it to the top more quickly than I thought we would.

That night, we sat on a low stone wall on the edge of the road and watched the sunset:

It was incredibly beautiful!   We stayed in a very nice Best Western in Staunton, VA.   They had two great big recliner chairs in the room, where we were able to watch the Patriots on Sunday night football!

When  we are out traveling, I like to try and find a local establishment to have dinner.   Why not try out new things?  The first night ( I forgot to mention in the last post) we had dinner at a place called 28 South.  An old converted mill building and the food was delicious!   On this second night, we ended out at Cracker Barrel!  An old favorite, but there wasn't much else around our hotel and we love the food!  And it's Southern!  We were heading in the right direction!

Next:  Blue Ridge Parkway

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