Uncle Bob's Travels

Places I've hung out in or just neat postcards

Archive for the tag “Southwest Virginia”

Snow on the Mountain (Who Shot Sam?)

Sorry for the title…that reference to an old George Jones song just crept in.

This is up near the top of Powell Mountain on the Orbie Cantrell Highway (U.S. 23) on November 19.  The overlook is just behind me.  That’s snow blowing in over the mountain.  It wasn’t a significant snowfall, just flurries, but it was the first I’d seen this season.

Stinky springs

Well, it is stinky.  It smells like rotten eggs.  It’s a sulphur springs, once much valued for some sort of curative powers, and it’s just across Hunters Valley East Road from the famous Hagan Hall.  The coordinates are roughly 36.82487, -82.53216.

Out of Skagg’s Hole tunnel

In southwest Virginia, Skagg’s Hole tunnel is on the CSX line coming down from Elkhorn City.  This is looking north at the trestle crossing the Russell Fork River.  The trestle comes 11′ into the tunnel itself.  Just to the right and 30′ down, there’s a wide, deep point in the river.  I think this feature is the actual “Skagg’s Hole”.

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