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PHOTOS: Space Shuttle Discovery

by Casey | Posted on April 20th, 2012

Space Shuttle Discovery nearly touched noses with Space Shuttle Enterprise as she was escorted by her entourage of astronauts to the forefront of a celebration in her honor on Thursday, April 19, 2012. The space-worn Discovery is now settled in as the crown jewel of the collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly.

Visiting the Museum:
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway * Chantilly, VA 20151
Hours of Operation: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Extended Summer Hours (May 25-September 3): 10 AM to 6:30 PM
Open daily except for December 25
Admission is free
Parking is $15; Annual passes available; Free parking after 4 PM
McDonalds & McCafe are on-site

Overnight Travel:
Air and Space Museum Package by Hyatt Place Dulles Aiport South in Chantilly
Udvar-Hazy Discovery Package by Comfort Inn & Suites Dulles Gateway Hotel in Sterling
Family Getaway Package by Hampton Inn Dulles Airport South in Chantilly
Nearby Hotels
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Enterprise awaits Discovery

Enterprise awaits Discovery. Photo by Casey Higgins.

Discovery flight crew make their way past Enterprise to welcome the new addition.

Discovery flight crew make their way past Enterprise to welcome the new addition. Photo by Casey Higgins.

John Glenn arrives at the celebration. Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, oldest person to travel in space, and so much more.

John Glenn arrives at the celebration. Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth, oldest person to travel in space, and so much more. Photo by Casey Higgins.

United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps

United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps. Photo by Casey Higgins.

Discovery begins her approach to take center stage with Enterprise.

Discovery begins her approach to take center stage with Enterprise. Photo by Casey Higgins.

Discovery approaches Enterprise

Discovery approaches Enterprise. Photo by Casey Higgins.

Discovery gets ever closer with her astronaut escort.

Discovery gets ever closer with her astronaut escort. Photo by Casey Higgins.

Space Shuttles Enterprise and Discovery

Space Shuttles Enterprise and Discovery. Photo by Casey Higgins.

Nose to nose, Enterprise and Discovery meet for the first time.

Nose to nose, Enterprise and Discovery meet for the first and last time. Photo by Casey Higgins.

Discovery's flight crew

Discovery's flight crew. Photo by Casey Higgins.

 

John Glenn took the stage to address the Welcome Discovery Celebration

John Glenn address the attendees of the Welcome Discovery Celebration. Photo by Casey Higgins.

 

John Glenn departs from Discovery

John Glenn departs from Discovery. Photo by Casey Higgins.

Eileen Collins takes a moment to sign an autograph. Collins was the first female to pilot a shuttle, and it happened to be Discovery.

Eileen Collins takes a moment to sign an autograph. Collins was the first female to pilot a shuttle, and it happened to be Discovery. Photo by Casey Higgins.

Enterprise and Discovery nose to nose

Enterprise and Discovery nose to nose. Photo by Dave Neudeck.



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Spring in Virginia – A Photo Essay

by Casey | Posted on April 2nd, 2012

Bright green foliage emerges from the trees, the buds burst open, and new life springs all around. Spring in Virginia is an inspirational season. Get outside and enjoy it!

[Interested in the photos? Click each one for more information.]

Lamb
Edmonds Farm in Lancaster is a working farm owned that specializes in premium, all natural Bison and pork. March 8, 2012.
Natural Bridge Hotel
Renowned for southern hospitality since Thomas Jefferson’s era, the historic Natural Bridge Hotel & Conference Center is adjacent to the Natural Bridge & Cedar Creek Trail. The cherry blossoms are beautiful! April 1, 2012.
Daffodils
Daffodils are springing up all over Virginia! April 4, 2011.
Edgewood Plantation
Once part of Berkeley Plantation, Edgwood Plantation (circa 1849) is now a bed and breakfast. April 5, 2008.
Virginia Living Museum
View, touch, experience and explore nature at its best at the Virginia Living Museum. April 7, 2009.
Springtime at the Virginia State Capitol.
Springtime at the Virginia State Capitol. April 11, 2008.
Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg is the world’s largest living history museum. It is the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, most populous outpost in the New World. It is also the story of the United States and how diverse peoples and cultures created a society that valued liberty and equality. April 19, 2009.
Caledon Natural Area Preserve
A national natural landmark, Caledon Natural Area Preserve is known as one of the largest concentrations of American bald eagles on the East Coast. April 27, 2011.
Town of Blackstone
The town of Blackstone was settled in the mid 18th century at the cross roads of several stage coach and transportation routes. It was originally named Blacks & Whites for its two rival tavern keepers. May 1, 2011.
The Anne Spencer House and Garden
The Anne Spencer House and Garden is the location of internationally acclaimed Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer’s writing cottage. Restored in the 1980′s, the garden served as the inspiration for much of her poetry. May 5, 2011. 
Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park
The historic 105-mile Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway, traverses Shenandoah National Park, a beautiful, historic national treasure. View wildlife and breathtaking views of Virginia. May 10, 2009.

Do you have beautiful spring photos? Feel free to share them with us over on our Facebook page. Put LOVE at the heart of your spring adventures in Virginia.

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Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway this fall for exciting fall color and events.

by Mary | Posted on October 4th, 2011

Fall is the favorite time for visiting the Blue Ridge as the amazing color of the the hillsides and the road shoulders are in full glory. The Parkway varies in elevation from 650 feet to over 6,000 feet. The elevation plays a key role in the color change so be sure to venture north and south on the parkway and look east and west at different sections to see all of the beautiful foliage.Mabry Mill

You don’t want to miss Mabry Mill, one of the most photographed spots on the parkway. This historic water-powered gristmill and sawmill at Milepost 176.2, also has a blacksmith shop. Many demonstrations take place with Applebutter making on Sundays in October as well as good old fashioned Bluegrass music. Stop at the Mabry Mill Restaurant nearby to get some of their famous buckwheat pancakes.

After you’ve snapped your pictures of the mill, venture to the Rocky Knob Recreation Area. Rocky Knob (MP170), one of the first developed areas on the Blue Ridge Parkway, offers camping, picnicking and wonderful opportunities for hiking. The Rock Castle Gorge National Recreational Trail starts at the Rocky Knob Campground (MP167) and is a 10.8 mile loop trail.

Peaks of OtterFurther north on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 86 is Peaks of Otter – Flat Top, Sharp Top and Harkening Hill. The summit of Flat
Top or Sharp Top offers a unique opportunity to enjoy spectacular scenic vistas and sunrises. Interpretative programs, wildlife exhibits, walking trails, self guided wildflower walks, picnic areas, campground, restaurant and lodge are available in this developed area of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Be sure to share your foliage pictures with us at Virginia.org/fall.



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