We woke to rain & fog for our second day in West Virginia.
Before we left the area we wanted to go to the viewing area
for the New River Bridge.
Years ago we had seen this bridge under construction,
crossing the valley, saving drivers treacherous miles
on Route 19.
I remember the road as being full of "S" curves,
descending steeply into the deep ravine.
Here we are driving across the bridge,
unable to see much below because of the fog.
We drove down the side road to the Visitors Center
& viewing area,
only able to barely make out the bridge from this point,
dimly spotting a few car headlights.
But the walk was worth the trip.
And I thought that the rain made the colors more brilliant.
We found Route 60 & drove a few miles to Hawks Nest,
another viewing point for the New River.
The Indians called this the "River of Death"
because of the white water rapids.
It is known for its excellent white watering rafting.
I'll take their word about it!
The horseshoe bend in the New River
A train track running along the mountain
and a train trestle crossing the river
Being in no hurry, and me wanting to watch the leaves,
we took the scenic route towards Virginia.
We drove over 200 miles on roads like this.
It was beautiful!
Along the way, we spotted this entrance
and made a spur of the moment side trip.
Bob didn't think he had ever been here,
then decided maybe he had come on a school trip.
This was our view as we entered the State Park.
It seemed as if there was a golden glow!
Color was everywhere!
And we found this mill!
"Park the car, Bob....I'm getting out!"
This is where Bob began to remember being here before.
He remembered this rock...
and said that somewhere there is a photograph
of his Dad standing in the same spot...
which is a lot farther than it looks when not zoomed in!
I had no idea he would even think about climbing out there,
but he began climbing the rock as soon as he realized
that I wanted a picture.
What a beautiful area...
and we almost missed it!
Thankful that we had made this spur of the moment side trip,
we decided to head on to our destination.
More miles to go to reach Roakoke.
A lovely drive, even in the rain!