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A Drive On Skyline Drive

My day started with a very early inspection, after which nothing was scheduled, so I grabbed my daughter and we took a drive on Skyline Drive. 

Near us the Skyline Drive meanders 105 miles along the top of the Virginia Blue Ridge mountains, and along the Appalachian Trail.  It is a slow drive, with overlooks every couple of miles.  From the overlooks you can see variously east and west.

It was a basically cloudy day, but sometimes the sun shined through.

As you drive you can look up through the tops of the top of the mountains!

Overlooks, which afford parking and walls from which you can sit and enjoy the views, offer a variety of scenes.

This is from the Shenandoah Valley Overlook, altitude 1390.

You are looking at the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.

Why they call that the blue ridge is beyond me.  But I suppose they can use whatever words they want ...

Personally I could not tell if I was seeing the forest or the trees.

And then the old adage applied.

If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, is the man still wrong?

Various forms of nature are visible.

These are wild mountain daisies.

And this, of course, is a wall flower.

Question - are you lichen this?

Wood nymphs were everywhere.

Near the Hogwallow Flats Overlook the altitude is 2655 feet.

And there is water nearby, springing eternal.

We did not go all of the 105 miles of this leg.

Down a few dozen miles we turned around and left through the gate we entered in Front Royal, VA.

But our pass is good through next Monday!

Should we return?

It was a fun get away, even if only for an afternoon.

I don't get too many days where the whole afternoon is available for this sort of thing.

Certainly, we don't take such breaks often enough.

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 28 commentsJay Markanich • October 23 2013 03:34AM

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Oh yes, that is a great drive.  We went there years ago.  You're right, we need to find more time to do these sort of things.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 5 years ago

Good morning, Jay.... that's great that you and your daughter had that time together.... she'll always remember that....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 5 years ago

So, Cousin D, you were lichen this!

Maybe Barbara, or the fact that I let her skip school...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Beautiful and so near. 

I think they're call "The blue ridge" becase in certain lights at certain times of the year, they do appear blue in the distance.  At least the 2nd or 3rd range does. 

Very nice day.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

I was being facetious Lenn.  Sometimes, depending on where you are driving, there are three blue ridges!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

That is a really nice drive.  Don't do it if you are in a hurry.  One of the most windy roads I remember.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 5 years ago

It sure can be windy Grant, but not yesterday!  It was beautiful.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Beautiful, Jay.  FYI, we have a Skyline Drive in Jensen Beach as well.  Though it's only a little over 2 miles long.  It is one of the highest roads in South FL reaching the great height of over 60' in some locations.  

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 5 years ago

I had a relative in New Symyrna Beach, Gabe, who said if there was a hill ever found in Florida he would build a house on it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Yes that is a gorgeous drive and every once in a while you have to stop and smell the daisy's.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Just wonderful sites and now the memories will last a lifetime.  Isn't it amazing on the colors Mother Nature offers?

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) almost 5 years ago

Looks like a beautiful area, and that you guys had a great time! Nice to get away once in a while and take a deep breath... now quit screwing around and get back to work!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 5 years ago

Hi Jay,

I see you figure out a way to position the pictures for a better post. LOL Great shots for the area. Were you late by stopping and taking all the shots? 

Have a great day in the Bristow area.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 5 years ago

Jay, Skyline Drive has got to be about the best place in the area to appreciate the change of seasons.  Love your photos.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Jay- when we lived in Leesburg, taking the Skyline Drive trip was a favorite of ours.  I loved it as well after a snow. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Hello Jay,

Fabulous photos and what a wonderful way to spend an afternoon - your daughter will always remember this special time with her Father!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 5 years ago

Wow Jay, I guess that's a place I'll have to visit! Thanks for sharing that afternoon with all of us.

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) almost 5 years ago

Skyline Drive is gorgeous this time of year.  Great idea to snag your daughter and head out to enjoy it.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 5 years ago

I was thinking about a driving down the same roads today.  Know I don't want to go on the weekend so a day next week may get  me to play hookey.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 5 years ago

Thanks Raymond.  It was great to have some time to ourselves.

James - she might remember that trip, even beyond next week!  Yes, many colors.

Fred - not often do I get an afternoon like that!  And yeah, back in the mawnin.

Clint - after you put in the pictures, hit format and it will ask where you want them.  The writing wraps around automatically from there.

Thanks Pat.  We stopped at nearly every overlook.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Kathy - I have never braved it in winter! 

Lisa - well, maybe.  Most of the time I am persona non grata.  But not always!

Tom - it took just about all afternoon too!

Chris Ann - I planned it the day before, but didn't tell her where we were going.  She liked it after all!

It was not very crowded Cindy.  Everyone there had out-of-state plates.  Weekends it should be unbearable and unable to stop for overlook views.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Stunning photos...and to enjoy that with your daughter...priceless!! I must say I am jealous when looking at the photos as it is beautiful country!!

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) almost 5 years ago

None of us take enough time for the Skyline wherever we are....and should...glad you did !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 5 years ago

Mike - it is a wonderful place to go, and every season.

S&D - that is as high as you can get around here.  One of my kids lives in the Rockies, which make these little bumps look like small hills.  Still, a skyline is a skyline!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay, That looks awesome. I love a good county drive like that.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

It's not exactly a country drive when you have to pay $8 per person in the car or $25 per car to go on it Don.

But it was very fun!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay - times like that helps one to regroup and focus on the really important things in life - family.

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Eric - it is so expensive to get in and our ticket is good through Monday, we should go back!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

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