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Photos … Skyline Drive in late November 2014

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????The Friday before Thanksgiving … we took the day to play in Shenandoah National Park. It was sunny but a very cold 22 degrees with some wind and few visitors. I wrote about our day with photos (see The mountains were calling) … here are more photos from a wonderful day on the mountain.

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Thoughts about current happenings

Pumpkins 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Scotland’s vote for independence: I didn’t wade into the Scotland-separating-from-Britain issue but saw many who got very caught up in the hype surrounding Thursday’s vote. A neighbor even changed his Facebook profile to a picture of Mel Gibson in Braveheart. However, from what I read, many Scots had viable concerns about the military and financial future of their country if they went on their own. The phrase I heard most often reading the final results was “sanity prevailed.” Again, it affected me not one way or the other — it’s their country — but I’m sure there was much soul-searching and serious consideration when the 85 percent of voters went to the polls. All should be respected for voting their convictions. (See In decisive vote, Scotland rejects independence, sticks with the U.K. by Griff Witte and Karla Adam in the Washington Post.)

Missing UVa student: The search for Hannah Graham continues in Charlottesville with officials asking for volunteers to help with the search this Saturday and Sunday (see Volunteers needed to search for missing UVa student, $50,000 reward for information). This one hits close to home because Hannah is a friend of SWAC Niece who is a first-year student at UVa. She and Hannah became friends two years ago when they and others now at UVa attended French Academy at Washington and Lee, a three-week immersion experience the bonded a group of high school teens who have remained friends (see 2012 Governor’s School French Academy leaves positive impression on students). Thursday night’s prayer vigil brought out thousands of students to UVa’s amphitheater, and students at Harrisonburg’s James Madison University (SWAC Son’s alma mater) also held a candlelight vigil in support of the UVa community. Hope is fading for a happy ending but many still pray they find her safe. #BringHannahHome

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Skyland: 15th Annual Apple Butter Festival in Shenandoah National Park Saturday

ApplesBy Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s September, apples are ripening on trees, and apple butter season is here which means it’s time to time for Skyland’s 15th Annual Apple Butter Celebration. In the cool of the mountains of Shenandoah National Park, the copper kettle will be filled with apples that will spend the day bubbling over an open fire, the paddle continually stirring to prevent sticking. You’re welcome to give it a stir and take a taste of this mountain treat. When the apples have cooked down and had spices added, it will be sealed in jars and sold.

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Skyland: 15th Annual Apple Butter Festival in Shenandoah National Park Saturday

ApplesBy Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s September, apples are ripening on trees, and apple butter season is here which means it’s time to time for Skyland’s 15th Annual Apple Butter Celebration. In the cool of the mountains of Shenandoah National Park, the copper kettle will be filled with apples that will spend the day bubbling over an open fire, the paddle continually stirring to prevent sticking. You’re welcome to give it a stir and take a taste of this mountain treat. When the apples have cooked down and had spices added, it will be sealed in jars and sold.

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Massanutten Lodge … Skyland home of early 20th century renaissance woman Addie Hunter Pollock

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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Within Shenandoah National Park is a hidden gem enjoyed by many but what many don’t realize is that Skyland Resort existed before the park (see history of Skyland). Established in the late 1880s, its location on Stony Man Mountain is at the highest point of the Skyline Drive at Milepost 42.

Within Skyland Resort is this mountain summer home called “Massanutten Lodge” (see Skyland Resort … Shenandoah National Park) that was owned by Addie Hunter, a Washington, DC, divorcee who later married Skyland developer George Pollock “when she was almost 40 years old,” the lady ranger-interpreter told us. When they married, she said, he had financial issues and she was wealthy but, well, almost 40. Theirs was an interesting relationship that eventually floundered but is part of the overall history of Skyland.

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Polly Yager Campbell … growing up in the shadow of Shenandoah National Park

By Lynn R. Mitchell
September 25, 2013

Polly looks from Big Meadows Lodge over the valley where she grew up.
(Polly’s story and more photos below the fold.)

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