The Skyline Drive
& Washington, DC
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This will be my second trip to shoot waterfalls in the South (well, at least south of New York!) , and my 3rd trip to Ricketts Glen State Park. If you have been a viewer of my other pages, you will quickly discover that I enjoy photographing moving water, waterfalls in particular. Ricketts Glen is a wonderful place to photograph both. There are 22 named waterfalls in the park as well as two streams filled with cascades. I visited the park on a RV trip to Pennsylvania in 2001, and again last spring. In both cases, I felt the images would be better with the fall colors as a background. So, I planned a fall trip.
As long as I was heading south, I also decided to try to hit Babcock State Park in West Virginia for a fall visit (Spring 2010 trip to Babcock State Park) which contains one of the most photographed grist mills in the country. On the way I made a short stop at the bridge on US 19 crossing the New River Gorge, missing "Bridge Day" by a week. On "Bridge Day" they close the bridge, set up food & craft booths and allow base jumping from the bridge into the gorge below.
I also took a side trip to the Mabry Grist Mill along the Blueridge Parkway. The next part of the trip was driving the lower section of Skyline Drive. I met my daughter, her husband & granddaughter in Front Royal and followed them back to their home in Washington, DC.
That was the basic itinerary of the trip - I've divided it into sections so the same first section will appear in all of them.
Here is an index of the trip:
Day 1 Ricketts Glen
Page 2 of Ricketts Glen
Page 1 of New River Gorge & Babcock State Park
Mabry Grist Mill & More of Babcock State Park
Skyline Drive & Washington, DC- You don't need it - you are here!
Washington DC, Day 2
After leaving Babcock State Park I headed east on I 64 to Waynesboro, VA. The original plan was to meet Karin, her family & friends at the Loft Mountain Campground at mile 80 on the Skyline Drive. Because I kept waiting for the sunlight to warm the trees behind the Grist Mill at Babcock State Park, by the time I gave up I was pretty sure they would be gone before I got there. I did call when I hit the Virginia state line & while we were in & out of cell phone reception areas leaving voice mail for each other, they had to check out well before I hit Waynesboro
Since it has been many years since driving the lower section of Skyline Drive, and never in the fall, I decided to take it for at least part of the trip & meet Karin in DC. Here is a panorama from what I believe is the McCormick Gap Overlook:
Here are a couple of smaller images:
Since it was a beautiful fall Sunday afternoon, the traffic on the Skyway was heavy. I tried to stop for a bathroom break at the Loft Mountain Information Center & there were no parking spaces. I gave up & continued up the drive until the exit at Swift Run Gap on US 33. Although I missed seeing the upper section of the drive, I thought that I might catch Karin at Front Royal since they were still on the drive. I took US 340 into Front Royal. Although the traffic was also slow on US 340, it was faster than the Skyline Drive, and the trees were in color. When I reached Front Royal I called & Karin gave me directions to the Jalisco Authentic Mexican Restaurant where they were eating an early dinner.
After dinner I followed Brian into DC. Although the traffic wasn't "too bad", I still can't get used to 5-6 lanes of crazy drivers! Anyhow, we made it to DC.
After a good night's sleep, it was off to the park with Valerie while Brian had to go to work.
After the park it was off in search of a Radio Shack. I forgot my camera battery charger & both my batteries were getting low so I started looking for one. Radio Shack had a universal charger that covered my battery so I picked one up. The big advantage - it comes with a 12v connection so I can charge from my car. The disadvantage? Well, after charging one battery it died. The good thing about Radio Shack is even thought I bought it in West Virginia, I could exchange it for a new one in Maryland. The new one works at least as well as the old one - so far it has charged one battery. I'll have to shoot some more images before I can try for two!
That is about it for the day. The rest of the trip will be family photos, mostly of Valerie!
Washington, DC Tuesday, October 26
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