Shenandoah Morning, from one of the Skyline overlooks.

Shenandoah Morning, from one of the Skyline overlooks.

We left Florence bright and early Monday morning, October 19th, headed for the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Skyline Drive begins where the Blue Ridge Parkway ends, and traverses the Shenandoah National Park through the most beautiful mountains and valleys on the East Coast. For four days my photographer brother Harold Motte and I visited and viewed scenery, parks, historical sites, wildlife, and the colors of the changing season. Even snow!

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Deemed the “Bridge of God” by the Monacan Indians, the Natural Bridge was surveyed by a young George Washington for Lord Fairfax and deeded by King George III to Thomas Jefferson two years before the Revolution. The site is only a few hours from Washington, DC or Richmond, VA, and just five minutes off I-81. It is well worth the trip.

Jefferson established a visitor’s lodge, opening the door to visitors and artists from around the world. On the day we visited, a small multinational crowd accompanied us as we walked along the path, through the bridge, and on along the trail that led to an Indian Village. Time constraints prevented us from visiting the village, although we did browse through the large gift shop.