Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dec 29, 2008: Meems Bottom Bridge, Va. and Night Sky on Skyline Drive

My wife and I decided to visit the Shenandoah Valley on our break between Christmas and New Years. A favorite place of ours is the only covered bridge in the northern part of the state--all others are either west of Blacksburg, Va., or down in Floyd County, east of Christiansburg, Va.

Meems Bottom Bridge is located about a tenth of a mile off of Rt#11, located between Mt. Jackson and New Market. The bridge crosses the north fork of the Shenandoah River.

After our picture taking at the bridge, we visited a restaurant I have been visiting for over 30 years, the Southern Kitchen in New Market--famous for its peanut soup. Then, in a change to dead-heading back up I-81 to I-66 east, we decided to take Rt#211 east over the Massanutten Mountain, through Luray, up over Skyline Drive at Panorama [Thornton Gap], and then into Sperryville to Warrenton to home.
We stopped at the crest on Skyline Drive and took two pictures of the skyline--revealing Venus, the moon, and Jupiter to the west [Mercury had just set] and Orion's Belt to the east. An incredible view of the Milky Way overhead was seen--something I had not seen in 30 years.

Meems Bottom Bridge

Inside View of the Bridge

Lane looking east from the bridge opening

A fun time available near by

New Market Gap in the Massanutten Mountain

View of the Shenandoah River, just up-river from Bridge

Southern Kitchen, about four blocks south of intersection of Rt#211 and Rt#11

Looking west from Panorama on Skyline Drive (Thornton Gap). Venus, the Moon, and Jupiter visible--Mercury has just set below Jupiter

The Orion Constellation, looking to the East


Anonymous said...

Awesome picutes John! I can't believe you drive on all of those narrow, windy roads in your RV! Beautiful, but I'd have white knuckles for sure! - Christi

John's Outdoor World said...

Years ago,Madonna learned to drive a county school bus--she is fearless on those narrow, windy roads!