Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2016
Happy Independence Day!

The weather today in Virginia isn’t the best so I’m glad we decided to go to the fireworks on July 2nd at the Northern Virginia 4-H in Harmony Hollow near the Appalachian Trail south of Front Royal. It took awhile to get out afterwards, but it was a great show. As my friend Luke says,…

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N&W #611 Returns!

June 17, 2016

The 1950 Norfolk and Western Class J steam locomotive #611 made a return appearance this year again crossing the Appalachian Trail National Scenic Corridor at Manassas Gap near Linden, Virginia. Here are a couple of videos from Sunday June 5, 2016. An early morning rain caused the 611 to slip her drivers on the wet…

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Black Bear in the Front Yard

May 19, 2016
Black Bear Lying Down

We’ve seen a couple black bears earlier this year, but this was the first one I was able to get pictures of. It appeared to be looking for bugs/grubs/etc to eat under some wood in the side yard. Then, it took a break and lay down right on the lawn.

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Orchid Season

May 6, 2016
Yellow Lady's Slipper Closeup

Here are a few pics of yellow lady’s slippers and showy orchis from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia.

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Warren County’s Carson Trail

April 29, 2016
Bench Along the Carson Trail Overlooking the Shenandoah River

There’s a fairly new trail in Warren County, Virginia named after William E. Carson. Warrencountyva.net explains: The park was the inspiration of Mr. Carson, who was the first director of the Virginia Conservation and Development Commission, one of the key figures behind the Shenandoah National Park, and was instrumental in founding the state parks throughout…

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2015-16 Snow Report

April 24, 2016
Norfolk Southern Train 12R passes through the snow on January 26, 2016

This past season got off to a slow start with only a trace of snow in December. The first measurable snowfall did not occur until January 12th. The snowfall did pick up and we ended up with a good 43 inch total for the season here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia. Here…

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Spring Tricycle Ride

April 15, 2016
Tricycle Ride

During my oldest daughter’s soccer practice, my youngest daughter took a tricycle ride (I walked) along the Eastham Park Trail in Front Royal along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. There were lots of wildflowers blooming including Virginia Bluebells. We also were lucky to see this Red-bellied Cooter soaking up some sun.

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April Snow

April 3, 2016
April 3, 2016 Snow in Virginia

After a windy overnight, I was pleased to wake up to the power still on and a little bit of snow outside! I measured 5/8ths inches on the deck. Location is the Blue Ridge Mountains near Linden, Virginia (eastern Warren County, Va). Here are a couple of pics:

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First Day of Spring

March 20, 2016
The First Day of Spring

Yesterday, we picked up 4.25″ of snow here in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Linden. Here’s a picture from yesterday evening and a couple from this morning.

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The End of Winter

March 9, 2016
Melting Snow

This picture is from yesterday, Tuesday March 8, 2016. Today the snow was gone with our 79F spring heat wave and one of my favorite John Prine songs, Souvenirs, came to mind: All the snow has turned to water. Christmas days have come and gone. Broken toys and faded colors, are all that’s left to…

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A Nice March Snow

March 4, 2016
A Norfolk Southern SD40-2 leads a freight train up hill on slippery rails

Last night, we picked up 1.5″ of snow. It looked pretty, but wasn’t disruptive as the roads were in good shape. After taking my daughter to the bus stop this morning, I got a picture of Norfolk Southern Train 36Q slowing climbing up through the cut at Linden Hill. Notice the tops of the rails…

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Virginia Names State Snake

February 26, 2016
Virginia Names State Snake

NBC29.com reports: The Senate gave final approval to legislation Thursday that would designate the eastern garter the official snake. The legislation survived an unsuccessful amendment aimed at making the timber rattlesnake the official state snake instead.

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Shoveling a Gravel Driveway

February 12, 2016
A Shoveled Gravel Driveway

This past Tuesday, we picked up 3.25 inches of snow here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia. Instead of shoveling the whole driveway, I shoveled tracks approximately 57″ from center to center to align with our vehicles. I suppose with a paved driveway, the center could melt and refreeze on the cleared tracks,…

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