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In Case You Were Wondering What’s Here

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The proprietor of a cave in a mountain in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia no doubt knew that this sign could easily be seen from a rest area along Interstate 81.

It caught my attention and I mage an image of it. But I wasn’t curious enough to want to find the caverns and visit them. Maybe some other time.

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Written by csanders429

March 27, 2018 at 6:01 am

Ya Think They Grow Apples Here?

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We were driving northbound on Interstate 81 in Virginia when I spotted this water tank in Mount Jackson. I could be wrong, but something tells me that the locals here take great pride in growing apples.

 

500 Million Years of Earth’s History

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I knew nothing about the Natural Chimneys Park in Virginia until I read something about the annual Red Wing Roots Festival that is held there every year.

Some of the images showed the limestone rock formations that resemble chimneys and I was intrigued. Some say the formation resembles a castle.

During a visit to Harrisonburg, Virginia, last summer we drove out to see the park, which is located in Mt. Solon in Augusta County.

I was surprised at how few people were there on the day we visited. Maybe this site is a little too far from the main tourist attractions.

Background information provided in the park indicate that this area was once covered by an inland sea and sediment compacted to form limestone. As the sea receded, nature carved out the rock formations seen here today.

The tallest chimney is 120 feet high with the shortest standing 65 feet. The rock seen here today was exposed as erosion and geologic upheaval wore away layers of weaker stone.

The dark stone atop the chimneys is chert, which is harder and thus acts as protective cap on the formations.

There are seven chimneys and geologists say that they form a record of 500 million years of geologic history.

Written by csanders429

February 27, 2018 at 6:40 am

What is Around the Curve?

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I had pulled to the side of a country road in Virginia’s Shenandoah to photograph an old and abandoned gas station.

As I returned to my vehicle I looked ahead and saw that the road made a curve ahead.

The open road has always symbolized for me an invitation to travel, if for no other reason that to see what might be down the road or, in this case, around the next curve.

Written by csanders429

August 31, 2017 at 6:55 am

Love, Virginia Style

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It has been three years since I was last in Virginia. We had just entered the state on Interstate 81 southbound when we came to a rest area and welcome center. The “Virginia is a For Lovers” advertising slogan dates back many years and I was unaware that the state is still using it. But here was prominent evidence of that.

Written by csanders429

August 11, 2017 at 5:52 am