I did a little field trip today to the Bull Run Mountains behind Haymarket, VA, just north of Va-55 and I-66. There is a road, Antioch, which connects to Hopewell Road and goes through the mountain pass (at about 1000 feet) and goes down to The Plains, VA.
I think I was here in the fall of 1962 (while a patient with NIH) with high school (Science Honor Society) old friends.
I found a horse attraction, then a county park with a lake, and then went up the mountain.
Three videos follow. I talk a little about the last story in my DADT-III book, “The Ocelot the Way He Is”, as this is the area that “Bill” drives through to meet “Nolan” and then go to the fictitious ashram or intentional community, after which stuff happens. (See June 25, 2014 for treatment of “Two Road Trips”.) I also talk about some legal issues that could potentially occur with hosting asylum seekers.
(Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:30 PM EST)
I found some ducks quite willing to be photographed up close. These are wild animals that seem to be OK with people.
Later I found an exhibit in Occoquan Park on the Women’s Suffrage movement in the U.S. starting in Woodrow Wilson’s administration. Women were put into detention and work camps that looked like military bases.
(Posted: Friday, November 11, 2016 at 9:45 AM EDT)
12 An art shop that reminds me of the Third Dominion in Clive Barker’s book “Imajica”.
13: A preview of my screenplay “Do Ask, Do Tell: Ephiphany”. This would fit into the 1776 Training Center (Sector 2 of 5 in the space station ashram — and by the way, I need to review if for how the memories of how the protagonist “me” got there progress — rather like waking up from general anesthesia.
14: There is a glassblowing shop and training station in Sector 2 in my screenplay
I made a three-day odyssey this week, to visit Cumberland Gap and drive the tunnel on 35-E completed in 1996.
The old road (a “high way of death”) was torn out and returned to its natural condition as a trail for Daniel Boone.
I visited a Veteran’s Memorial Part on Cheat Mountain, looking west, 20 miles S, on 25-E. Another veteran was there.
The views of the town of Cumberland Gap and the two ends of the tunnel can be seen from the Pinnacle (although the tunnel opening itself cannot be seen and there is no parking area for a photo). The rail tunnel can be visited on foot from the Tennessee town.
By Stratosphere – Own work, GFDL, link under CCSA 4.0.
Here’s a little sci-fi film (“After-Life on Doomsday Planet“) about what would be like after a Carrington Event solar storm and coronal mass ejection, or after a high-altitude EMP attack. Actually, I took the footage Saturday night at the Montgomery County Fair in Gaitherbsurg, MD, and there is electricity in some scenes. Another way to interpret this little film is that it is set on an alien world.
Spruce Knob, on the Allegheny Front eastern continental divide, is the highest point in W Va and the highest point within 200 miles of Washington DC (about 185 miles, 5 hours including 40 minutes to drive the narrow paved road, 12 miles, to the summit, from US 33/WVa 28 near Riverton).
I thought I hadn’t gotten to the summit since 1994, but I then discovered I had been there in August 2010, and then returned to Blackwater Falls in September.
SR 93 from Davis through the old strip mine fields is now replaced by US 48, which is being made into a freeway. The Atlas shows 48 intersecting 32 just north of Davis and south of Thomas. But the sign still says 32. The W-bound side still is about 8 miles short of completion to Davis. The reclaimed strip mines look like terraced landfills, near the Mt. Storm power plant. There is one coal processing plant. Halfway between Mt. Storm and Moorefield there is a rather ugly quarry, shortly after the scenic overlook, looking east from the Allegheny escarpment (with wind turbines on top of the ridge).
(Posted: Friday, July 22, 2016, at 11:30 PM EDT)
A couple more cell pictures, posted on Instagram
Spruce Knob summit
US 48 view, some stripmine cuts or quarries visible from overlook 20 miles NW of Moorefield
One of the most scenic highways in Virginia is US 250, which crosses eight mountain gaps on the way to the W Va border. It is the highest normal US highway in the East north of North Carolina-TN (where US 441 is over 5100 feet in spots). There are plenty of hairpin turns, and the last approach to the divide above Monterey takes forever. There are no tunnels to my knowledge.
Along US 250 at Shenandoah Mountain gap, about 3300 feet
Allegheny Mountain, on W Va border, 4330 feet on highway, about 4500 on surrounding peaks; there is a nice home and property on the border at 4500 feet maybe a quarter mile off the road; a lot of land is privately owned despite National Forest. This is also the Eastern Continental Divide; the same mountain formation houses the Allegheny Mountain tunnel on the PA Turnpike 150 miles to the north. Climate is Canadian in winter, like going 600 miles north. Elevation matters more in eastern US than in the Rockies. The same mountain also produces Spruce Knob about 30 miles to the north.
Spruce Knob Mountain Center, on dirt road from W Va 28, I think at about 4000 feet; the peak is off in the distance
Shenandoah Mountain on US 33 west of Harrisonburg, very steep road although elevation not so high (about 3500 at gap)