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Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

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Touring Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains in autumn is always a treat, even when the tree colors are still only approaching their peak. Driving Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Park offers nice hikes, great views, occasional wildlife, and a gentle 35 MPH pace.¬† I saw my second bear of 2012 this month;¬† he crossed the fire trail about 100 feet ahead and then stopping to check us out before scampering (at about 250 pounds?) into the brush, but this time I wasn’t watching from inside the car. I guess I should have been wearing those bear-alerting bells the rangers always recommend.

Autumn Sunset from Skyland

Autumn Sunset from Skyland

Blue Ridge - View from Skyline Drive, west at Sunset

Blue Ridges at Sunset

Written by watsueast

20 Oct 12 at 23:22

Sunset and an Atomic 4

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July sunset, Galesville, West River, Maryland, Chesapeake Bay

July Sunset, Galesville, West River, Maryland, Chesapeake Bay

Prior to snapping this summer sunset, I spent a solid two hours resuscitating a classic Universal Atomic Four engine in a 1972 vintage sailboat. After 10 months of dormancy, it needed some attention. Tracing wires, brushing and tightening contacts, cleaning plugs and points, it was ready to go. Almost. What appears to be a decade or so of wintered-over marina gas can turn a fuel filter into an impenetrable brick. And given the sun’s altitude, the marine supply stores were shuttered.

Over the years I’ve removed or replaced everything but the crankshaft on these little dependable boat motor workhorses¬† – once even changed the head gasket underway. Half the axillary sailboats made in the 1970s came with the Atomic 4, and most of the engines are still running. Thirty horsepower into a direct-drive screw could almost always get a sailor off of the mud or sand bars of Chesapeake Bay – especially if you had a mate willing to swing outboard, hanging on the boom.

Written by watsueast

14 Jul 12 at 00:52

Posted in Chesapeake Bay

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