Camping at Iron Gate, Virginia, July 2016

So the Mary Washington College alums finally shanghaied me into the annual campout at Iron Gate, Virginia (population 388).  It was amazing.

I saw a bear (on the ride home); a bald eagle; cows and horses; huge snorting hogs and friendly little piglets (hoglets?); a bat; a glittering blue-tailed skink; a wrinkly, red-faced turkey buzzard (up close); finger-length iridescent blue dragonflies; and innumerable wildflowers.

We smelled skunks too — several times along the way and once downtown in neighboring Clifton Forge.

This was all in the company of some amazing friends, schoolmates and their families — a couple of whom I haven’t seen in nearly a quarter century.

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Approaching Iron Gate via Clifton Forge and the Allegheny Mountains in southwest Virginia.  What you see is not fog — these mountains are high enough so that the road runs parallel with the clouds.

 

The Cowpasture River and its vicinity.

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Camp Nolan.  The bat is for bobcats or The Blair Witch.

 

The magic bacon-creating creatures of legend!!!

 

I made friends with these adorable bacon beans!  After I called them, they decided they liked me and tried to follow me out! I wanted to adopt one and name him “Delicious.”

 

Accidental overhead abstract mountain shot is creepy as f#%k.  I’m pretty sure this is the last thing a murder victim sees …

 

The first fireworks photos I’ve ever taken that have actually turned out.  I am 43 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Camping at Iron Gate, Virginia, July 2016

  1. edmondslance says:

    Looks like a nice getaway.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pegeen Kelly-Foley says:

    These pictures are great! So glad you liked camping as much as Brian and I do!

    Liked by 1 person

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