Drive to West Virginia

Trip Start Apr 23, 2008
Trip End May 28, 2008

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

After our break in Shenandoah we hit the trail once more and completed the remainder of the Skyline drive and a small part of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  This great 469 mile scenic drive follows closely the highest ridges between the Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, attaining altitudes of more than 6,000 feet. 

At Humpback Rocks visitor center (mile 5) we visited the Mountain Farm Exhibit and wandered round authentic19th century Appalachian farm buildings.  The early European settlers of the Appalachian mountains forged a living from the native materials so abundant around them. Hickory, chestnut, and oak trees provided nuts for food, logs for building, and tannin for curing hides, while the rocks were put to use as foundations and chimneys for the houses, and in stone fences to control wandering livestock. Many self-sufficient farms sprang up in the Humpback Mountain area.

After our visit we headed into West Virginia and spent the night at Charleston.  The drive through this wild and mountainous countryside was beautiful and the dogwood, which is the state floral emblem for Virginia, was putting on a great display.

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