Sunday, December 16, 2007

Weekend Adventures

That's right, I've been off exploring again. The area is beautiful, and there are all kinds of cool things hanging about. Besides the natural beauty, a striking aspect is the number of well preserved old houses - Victorian, antebellum, log cabins - you name it. Many of these homes stand guard over vast stretches of rolling pasture at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, happily unaware of what century it is. At any rate, here are some pics from this weekend:


The Natural Chimneys, near my house. They are formed when sink holes of limestone corrode out. There are also caves at their feet, which I bought a flashlight to go exploring in.


We had an ice-storm this weekend - bad for the power company but undeniably beautiful. The first pic is going up to the top of the Appalachian ridge on a cool old dirt road. The second is at endless caverns, which was closed. Why? Ice storm.


View from the top of the Chimneys. At the second picture - if you look closely - is evidence of a new and vicious monster in town.


This kind of view is all over the place. I'm going to charge admission for my visitors!

Well, that's all for now. You fellas be good!

7 comments:

Bemused said...

These look stunning! There's a feeling of quiet eeriness in there...

Not so little Woman said...

Love the Ice Storm pictures!! And Mr. Cat looks quite at home in the outdoors. Aren't you afraid he might get lost?

kat said...

These scenes are like the Robert Frost Poem "Directive", a place that takes you back to a much earlier time: "back in a time made simple...there's a story in a book about it." How amazing to travel on foot and time. Yeah, quietly eerie in the ice and under brooding skies--beautiful.

AmyWrayFrank said...

I love seeing the scenes you keep finding! You have a gift for discovering, and uncovering, beautiful things.

LisaB said...

How pretty! Love it, you adventurer, you ;-)

And whatcha gonna charge? Hmmmm?

Jarod said...

B - Pretty cool, huh?
NSLW - He is so happy to be out. Actually, I'm not afraid at all that he will get lost. Too much of a hunter.
Kat - Interesting.
Amy - Cheers!
LisaB - I figure 10 bucks a pop. That includes scenery and wildlife photos.

Sarah Moffett said...

Clearly you have not yet discovered the stunning views of Blue Ridge mountain bars...

Any part of you miss New York or has Virginia won your heart yet?