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Natural Bridge

I have added pictures from our trip up the Blue Ridge Pkwy/Skyline Drive yesterday. When you look at them, keep in mind that it was 32 degrees and the wind was blowing about 30 mph, with wind gusts of 50 mph.

One thing I forgot to mention in yesterday's entry was about all the wildlife we saw when we were driving yesterday. We must have seen at least 20 deer, and you can see the buck that crossed the road in front of us. We saw at least four big bucks, but this one was the biggest. We also saw a black bear in the woods, but I couldn't get a clear picture of it.

Today it warmed up a little bit, and the wind is finally dying down. We went to the City of Lexington this morning, and visited the only home that Stonewall Jackson ever owned. He was, of course, a famous General from the Civil War and was from this area. He was an instructor at Virginia Military Institute until he left to fight in the war, never to return. We also saw VMI (and cadets EVERYWHERE with their white pants and black jackets).

We went to the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery while in Lexington too. There was the most beautiful bald cypress tree in the cemetery.

This afternoon we finally made it to The Natural Bridge. The Natural Bridge is just what it says...a natural bridge over U.S. Route 11. It is 215 high, 40 feet thick, and 110 feet wide with a 90' span between the walls. It is estimated to be about a million years old too, with Clear Creek running beneath it. It is truly awe inspiring to see, and a picture just doesn't do it justice.

We are going back to the Bridge tonight for a light show, and the telling of the seven days of creation. I'll let you know about that tomorrow.

We also went into the Natural Bridge Caverns, which claim to be the deepest caverns on the East Coast. It was interesting, but our tour guide sounded like she had about 50 Mountain Dews and inhaled 10 balloons of helium right before our tour. You could only pick out one or two words from each sentence. Between her sounding like a chipmunk, and a poor guy with a bad leg trying to keep up, it was kind of a relief when it ended. Another lady wanted to scream and run every time we saw a bat, and I wanted to say..."lady, you are in a CAVE...what did you expect?" But, being the mellow retiree that I am, I just whispered it to John and went on my merry way.

Tina...tell Danny that I'm sorry I didn't get any snow pictures. When you look at the picture of the buck crossing the road, it was snowing... it just didn't show up in the picture.

Tomorrow we will be leaving Natural Bridge and heading to Williamsburg.

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