|The kitchen looks just the same.|
|I slept in this upper bunk during this visit - not as much fun as it looks!|
|The Fort Valley from our porch.|
I didn't get to any of my books. Instead, I spent all my reading time pouring over an out-of-print book on the shelf in the cabin: Geology Explained in Virginia's Fort Valley and Massanutten Mountains, a book I'd spent some time with two years ago at my previous Glass House visit. I have always had an interest in Massanutten geology because, without really knowing a lick of geology, I have always maintained that Massanutten is of completely different origins than the Blue Ridge Mountains of Shenandoah National Park. While the Blue Ridge is a series of bumps, Massanutten is like the mountains west of Staunton and in Pennsylvania- folds in the topography. It is very apparent from Interstate 81 heading north towards Pennsylvania. It would seem that once you get on top of one, you should be able to walk for miles with very little elevation change. I recently bought a book, Roadside Geology of Virginia, to help me determine whether this is correct.
|Public domain photo of the Massanutten Mountains from the north looking south|
So Massanutten is separate geologically from the Blue Ridge. On the other hand, it is not really upturned folds in the landscape but a synclinorium - a downturned fold in which the higher elevations have eroded away.