Interesting weather we’re having. We arrived at our friend, Alice Rigdon’s place late Friday afternoon. She has a beautiful home out in the country, near Purcellville, Virginia. With windows on all sides of her house that sits on a rise, weather watching is wonderful. We saw a heron and a fox by her pond, as well as some deer. Saturday morning it began to rain and the rain varied from light drizzle to heavy downpours. We were out doing some chores during the heaviest rainfall, of course. Sunday, Alice took us for a drive along the Skyline Trail on the Blue Ridge Mountains. The northernmost 100 miles of it are contained in Shenandoah National Park. It was a cool, but sunny day, and the park was crammed with people and vehicles.
Yesterday, we bid Alice a fond farewell and headed back to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Not too far from her home, I saw a bald eagle sitting on a fence by the road! Wow, I was surprised. I think we’ve seen more animals in suburban/rural areas than we have in the wild on this trip. Unfortunately, the weather was cloudy, cold and windy, not pleasant at all. We settled into our 3,000-foot campground and watched white-tail deer graze in our campground. We pitied the tent campers – it was really cold; in the low forties or high thirties at 4 p.m.
This morning we woke up to a surprise –snow. Not a lot, but enough to know it was quite chilly outside. After quite a bit of encouragement from Dave, I put on every bit of cold-weather clothes I had, and we went for a hike. I was surprised to see several other people on the trail. It was an easy 2.5-mile gentle downhill trip to a nice waterfall and a nice gentle uphill return. It was pretty chilly, but we saw a little sun here and there, which brightened things up. Tomorrow’s weather report isn’t much better, so we’re going to move on.