From Kingsland, GA to Wytheville, VA was non-eventful, just driving a few hours each day and set up in the campground for the night. We stayed in Walterboro, SC; Fort Mill, SC, on the NC line, and then to Wytheville, VA. We stayed there for two nights to allow us a little sightseeing time. The “smallest” thing that attracted us was this “Smallest Church in Wytheville”.
The church was built by the Outreach Ministry of one of the Baptist churches in Wytheville and in memory of one of the members who was extremely active in the ministry. It is one of the smallest churches in the United States.
While in Wytheville we also had a super lunch at this 1776 Log House.
We left Wytheville, but not Virginia and drove north 187 miles to the Harrisonburg KOA, another scenic mountain campground. This KOA is close to the Skyline Drive and we dedicated our second day here to take a ride on the drive and get some pictures.
These two pictures were taken looking west from Skyline Drive vantage points.
Forty-six years ago, in 1970, we bought our first camper, an 8’ Mobile Traveler cab-over truck camper. We were living in Roanoke, VA, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This area was full of opportunities to spend weekends in the wilderness enjoying mother natures’ beauty.
During those forty-six years we have lived full-time in our camper on two occasions; the first time for two and a half years and the second for seven years. We are now Livin’ The Dream in our ninth camper (7th trailer).
When this fly landed on the swatter, he was not aware that he was in the presence of a world-renowned fly killer; my wife Barb. As you can see, Mr. Fly met his “Waterloo” with one quick swat. Here rests Mr. Fly “Before and After”.
These three Union Pacific diesel-electric locomotives were captured in intermodal service in the Mojave Desert of California. Each locomotive weighs 426,000 pounds and carries 5000 gallons of diesel fuel. The electric generator is powered by a 16 cylinder diesel engine. Each of the 6 axles is driven by individual traction motors creating a total of 4400 horsepower. These three locomotives “lashed” together generate 13,200 horsepower. Now that’s “Powerful”!
Although “Diamonds” are a girls’ best friend, I’m not going to talk about that kind of diamond today. Instead I’m putting on my railfan hat and will talk briefly on railroad “Diamonds”. These diamonds are properly known as crossings, where one track crosses another at the same grade. Crossings are generally 90o but can be constructed at varying safe angles to accomplish the needed result. It gets its nickname from the shape of the space in the center of the crossing.
One of these crossings can be found in Plant City. The Union Station Depot was built in 1908-1909 by both the Atlantic Coast Line (east-west line) and the Seaboard Airline Railroads (north-south line).1 Across from the Robert W Willaford Railroad Museum at the old Plant City Union Station Depot is a train watching platform and tower built in 2013. The tower is a super vantage point to watch railroad activity with rail traffic northbound toward Wildwood, Jacksonville and Atlanta; westbound to Tampa and Bradenton; and eastbound to Lakeland, Miami and Orlando.1 Some information was obtained from the Plant City Government website.
While in Little Rock, our campsite backed up on the Arkansas River. This gave us a view across the river toward the community of Maumelle. One morning I was sitting at the dinette table and happened to look out across the river and I saw this beautiful view of “Dawn’s Light”.