Thursday, February 12, 2015

ON OUR WAY TO SKYLINE DRIVE.


Often during the year we make our way towards the Shenandoah Mountains and to Skyline Drive.  It is one of our favorite mini road trips


At one point we  have to make a turn towards the mountains but we realized that we had turned one road too early, which I go into more detail for Tanya's Willy-Nilly Friday Five.  It took us down some real pretty roads and we passed lovely fences and gateways, so I remembered to take a few photos for Theresa's Good Fences.  


Also the sky was a real pretty blue and I knew this was going to be ideal for SkyWatch Friday also.









And now for Willy-Nilly Friday 5, in the order that they happened.

1)  I expect most everyone has heard "Let It Go" from Frozen. What is different about this video is that it shows it being sung by various artists in a couple of dozen languages.  The video is edited so that you only hear the one song as it is recorded in each sound studio.  There is an inset screen where you can watch the character Elsa from the movie at the same time.  It is really cool.  Go here to see what I am talking about. There is a good chance that you have seen this particular YouTube as at the time I watched, it had been viewed 26,550,957 times.

Added note 2-12-15: A couple of people have never heard this song before so I thought I would add the Disney official trailer.  You can see that at this link.

2) Last Sunday Gregg and I went to Skyline Drive.  The weather was lovely over the weekend, just like the beginning of Spring. On our journey out there we took an exit one too early, and in our books there are no mistakes because this new road winded through yet more unexplored Virginia countryside.  GPS got us there and even though she kept telling us to do a U-turn several times, she eventually got the idea that we rarely do U-turns as the open road is always calling.  GPS lady took us down some pretty neat roads. We said we'll have to remember this route next time.  There was still quite a bit of snow on the sides of the roads once we got onto Skyline Drive, and there were run-offs that might turn to ice as the sun went down. We passed sheets of frozen water on a few of the rock walls.  



They do close off roads if things get treacherous and some had just opened.  But our drive was and is always very relaxing and pleasant.  We stopped at several overlooks, one where we watched the sun go down.  Starting our journey we take the country roads, on our way home we take the freeway.  Instead of turning left at our usual entrance, normally heading toward Big Meadows, we turned right to Front Royal.  There was a sign at the kiosk telling us to pay on our way out.  At the other entrance on exiting the park the kiosk was closed and so we would have had a free day.  It doesn't affect us because we have a life-time pass for all the parks in the U.S. but a few people would have had a nice surprise.  However, there were not a lot of people around, and we saw only ten other cars the whole ride along Skyline Drive.  From the time we left our house to the time we got back, it was a great trip.

3) With Valentine's Day coming up, here is a card for you.  Just click here, and A Very Happy Valentine's Day to you all.

4)  Here is a Valentine Cookie recipe for you, with some tips on decorating.  You can see that here.

5) A Valentine's Poem for you.


"People come and people go,
In and out of your life and so
When one shines bright among the rest,
And is there when needed, you're fully blessed.
That is how I see you, friends of mine,
And why I'm sending this Valentine."

~Author Unknown~


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58 comments:

Indrani said...

Beautiful captures from your drive. The sky seems perfect!

Margaret Adamson said...

Glad you took the wrong turn because otherwise we would not have seen this fantastic stone wall and gate posts.

Cranberry Morning said...

That second photo really captured my attention. What a beautiful place! And of course stone walls are among my favorites.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

You got pretty pictures. I haven't been up on Skyline drive in a while.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Beautiful pictures of the stone wall!
But my favourite is the frozen "waterfall" :))
Have a fine weekend and a happy Valentine's day!
【ツ】Knipsa

EG CameraGirl said...

I LOVE it when a wrong turn turns out to be a "right" one. ;))

eileeninmd said...

Hello Denise, pretty images from your drive to Shenandoah! I do not get there often in the winter months.The ice along the road looks pretty.. I love the cute Valentine poem! Have a happy Thursday!

Shug said...

The countryside is so very pretty and the photo of the ice draping down the hillside is superb.
Hope you have a wonderful day,
shug

Pamela Gordon said...

That looks like a beautiful drive! Sometimes the side or back roads are the best and prettiest even if they are a bit slower. I love the stone wall and gate. Have a great day.

Debbie said...

hehehe,,,,yes, i have heard "let it go", it's kinda' popular song these days!!

love the skies, the mountains, and that pretty stone wall, beautiful views!!

Linda Kay said...

Denise, thanks for the pictures and your thoughts for WN5. Don't you just love those rock fences? They look so sturdy and colorful.

Sandra said...

I love that second shot. the way the buildings look like miniatures. what a beautiful drive. and stone fences are always beautiful. thanks for the valentine, nothing better than piano music and a kaleidoscope of flowers and butterflies.

Sandra said...

i am listening to the video. frozen. i have never heard the song and it is beautiful even though i don't know the words..

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Tears were shed while listening to the multi-language video. The languages were different but they all sang in one voice. Very inspiring … thanks for sharing!

Gill - That British Woman said...

stone wall fences very British. Love the sky view's and the countryside is gorgeous. I need to have a road trip down your neck of the woods.....

TexWisGirl said...

LOVE the stone fence! beautiful mountain views, too! the frozen water is neat. :)

gigihawaii said...

What a wonderful drive you and Gregg had. That's why living on the mainland is so nice. You can drive forever. Here in Hawaii, we can't drive forever, obviously, because in 45 minutes we hit the Pacific Ocean.

Linda said...

Denise, what breathtaking views! Thanks so much for sharing.

William Kendall said...

That's quite an impressive stone wall.

The ice on the rocks reminds me of the effect we often see on Canadian Shield rock up here through the winter.

Jane and Chris said...

One thing I like about blogging is that I get to see places I'll maybe never visit. It looks so pretty there!
Jane x

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful scenery along the way. I like that impressive stone entrance.

John's Island said...

Nice selection of photos! The second one makes me want to go on a road trip. Excellent fence shots for Good Fences!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

The second photo reminds me of the road to my daughter's farm. They back onto the Blue Ridge and Skyline Drive.

So when are you coming this way?

Ginny said...

Yep, those are our mountains! We live at the foot of Skyline Drive. Wish we could have met! But Skyline is a huge place. Gorgeous mountains, sky, and rock wall.

ladyfi said...

Ah - such gorgeous blue skies.

Ida said...

What a nice drive you had. That stone wall was pretty awesome. Also the icy shot of the hillside was neat. Happy V-Day to you as well.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I can see from the first beautiful photo that you had a wonderful day for a drive! I love the stone fence. And thanks for sharing the cookie recipe! Have a nice day!

Rose said...

The video alone was in itself a gift...I had not seen it and I loved it. I do not speak a second language...but oh, how I loved hearing all the different ones. And such voices!

Oh, I love that second shot and I love that stone fence.

Happy Valentine's Day to you, too.

Em Parkinson said...

Great shots but my favourite is that ice! Amazing.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

It's been a long, long time since I was on Skyline Drive. Thanks for taking me back!
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Diane AZ said...

What a lovely drive, and the sky looked so beautiful! I also enjoyed the "Let it Go" video. Happy Valentine Day to you, too!

Carver said...

Fantastic shots. You captured the beauty of the area so well.

Photo Cache said...

the stone fence is really nice. your road trip look fantastic. very scenic.

Stephanie said...

Lovely images from your drive! Have a great Valentines Day too!

Felicia said...

oh yes that stone fence is wonderful. I sure would like to visit Skyline Drive again someday.

Carola Bartz said...

Skyline Drive is beautiful!! We drove it on our cross country trip, and I enjoyed all the flowers and butterflies.

Chandra said...

The scenes from the country roads and the sky views are beautiful. Well photographed!
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Thanks for taking us along on your road trip. Your sky shot is great and I love the stone wall.

Sometimes taking the wrong turn turns out right.

Lina Gustina said...

Wonderful shots from your road trip, Denise.
Happy Valentine's Day too.

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We drove that on our trip through there. So beautiful. A once in a lifetime adventure for us, I am afraid. Sigh! So many beautiful places, so little time ;). But at least we got to see it once . Thanks for the pictures and the memories.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Beautiful skies, and I like your moon shot!!

Pauline Woodcock said...

Oh, you and Greg are kindred spirits. You obviously frustrate your GPS lady as much as I do mine. Sometimes I think I can even detect a bit of attitude in her voice when I refuse to turn around. So glad you carried on, you sure were rewarded for it.

Carletta said...

Loved the mini trip with you! That stone fence is awesome. I can only imagine the finances needed however to actually have it. Which means my land will not have one. :)

Tanya Breese said...

oh beautiful views! we haven't taken skyline yet but it's on my to do list! we travel the same as you, scenic route then freeway home :) love the frozen video! the card was really pretty and neat...pinning the cookies! wonderful poem too!! thank you for linking and happy valentine weekend to you!

Mascha said...

What a gorgeos landscape and famous stone walls!
Thanks for the nice mandala-card :-)

Lea said...

Beautiful scenery! I love the stone wall.
Have a wonderful week-end!
Lea

Bob Scotney said...

The dry stone wall is a masterpiece - in and out of the photo.
We don't see enough of walls like that these days. We have to get out to the hiil farms where they abound.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Lovely and COLD photos from your drive!
I've heard the Let It Go song, but seeing this version with all the different languages is pretty cool; still have not seen the movie though.
The card and poem are lovely.
Have a great weekend!

Maggid said...

WOWZER!!! Now, That's a Fence. i would like a fence like that one someday . . oooooohhh -

Karen Schurr said...

What a wonderful find in that stone wall. wow. such a pretty drive.

SuperLux said...

Awestruck with this vision. Amazing skyline indeed.

Tom said...

The Skyline Drive, what a wonderful part of the world. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Barb said...

A beautiful day for a drive (and a wrong turn). I like the ice on the rocks.

Amy Franks said...

lovely scenery! nothing like a great road trip.;

NatureFootstep said...

sometimes the wrong way turned out t be the right way. This time it showed you a gorgeous part of the world. :)

Kay said...

Your skies are gorgeous, Denise and I love your Skyline Drive photos. It's been at least three decades since we've been there.

As for Let It Go, I've heard it many, many times and seen all the different videos because of my 8 year old granddaughter. LOL

Imagebloke said...

Excellent captures

Karen S. said...

What an incredible view this is!