Sitting In The Clouds
I was back up on the mountain recently, and I decided to drive back to the spot where I took this (above) photo, which I took, while sitting inside the clouds.
Below you can see what this view looks like if not covered in clouds. It was a pretty day and the view was nice.
Yesterday was the annual initiation here at my Pi Phi home in VA. It is a day for me to vacate the house by 7:30 am and be gone for the day. Yesterday I chose to make that day one of a spiritual nature and go up to the mountain. It has been very foggy and “overcast” the last few days but it usually burns off by mid morning. However that only pertains to the lower altitudes (as I discovered later). Once I got up on the mountain, I realized that the “burning off” is for lower altitudes. I arrived in hopes of watching the clouds move across the mountain tops in the distance and photograph that view. However, the clouds surrounded me the entire morning. Thankfully, I had a new book to read, and of course I had Peaches with me. The first thing we did after we got to the first lookout point was get out and walk. The drive up the mountain was pretty scary. I wasn’t worried about driving off the mountain, my fear was more of wildlife standing in the road. For that reason I drove very slow. Visibility about was very limited.
This photo is what the mountain view looked like when we got there. The other tree at the top. my camera pointing out over the lookout and of course the visibility was nil. That view never changed the entire 4 hours we spent up there.
Peaches and I walked a little way, but as I said, we were in the clouds and unable to see much out around us. I had never stopped at this particular lookout before, I usually go higher as I want to get a good view from the mountain. The elevation climbs gradually and I only drove into the park a few miles as I was not sure how bad the visibility was going to get. Not only that, but storms were forecast that day and I really did not want to drive out [of the park] in a storm. As we walked around this area, I walked over to this little information guide, one that I had never read before, and it warns “to not feed the bears” and I thought hmmm, bears? a cute little plump cute dog like Peaches…..
would sure make a good morning snack for a hungry bear…(imaginations run wild alone on the mountain) so we did not go far.
MILE 104.6, ROCKFISH GAP ENTRANCE STATION. Elevation 2,070 feet. You can get information here, and help if you need it. The station may be unmanned at night and in the winter.
This photo above, I am parked at the Rockfish Gap Station, but I took this photo around noon, on my way out of the park. You can imagine what it was like at 8:00 am that morning.
My time up on the mountain is always peaceful and yet there is an air of adventure of being so alone and exploring that vast wilderness. I am grateful for that time that I take for myself. I am grateful for the joy that I get from taking the photos. Once again, as I say often, the photos give me a chance to remember to stay in the moment.
Here is what I stopped and took pictures of when I came down from the mountain.
Lookout on i-64
and this one…
Skyline Drive begins at the intersection with US Route 340 just south of Front Royal, Virginia, elevation around 500 feet. Over the next 100 miles, you’ll climb to almost 3,500 feet several times.
I also drove over to Staunton VA yesterday, here are a couple of photos that I took. The first is a church downtown, and I thought the roof was very pretty.
This next photo is just a old house that I was able to photo while sitting at a stop light.
The little town of Staunton VA is very old, and I want to go back when the weather is not so cold and rainy, for in order to fully explore their scenery, one must get out and walk.
Last here is one of Charlottesvilles city park photos that I took the other morning when the fog was still hanging around….
I am looking forward to Springtime, but this does add a bit of variety to photos, views and even for some feelings.
Like Crescentdragonwagon said in a recent blog:
“…. life is one change after another (why do we continue to cling to the illusion that someday it’s going to settle down?)…..”
yep! I say….and that is why I end with …..