East Rockingham Senior Center: East Rock views Massanutten

Nineteen East Rock SC members and 11 guests took their annual trip to Massanutten on Oct. 26 to view the fall foliage and socializeTwenty-one from our group took the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary ride on the chairlift, courtesy of Steve Showalter, Massanutten ski manager.

The view from atop the Massanutten as we exited the chairlift was extremely colorful … much better than the fog that we encountered during our visit last year. Our trip was originally planned for last week, but rainy weather postponed our visit. This was actually the last Wednesday that the chairlifts would be operating, so we felt especially fortunate that mother nature cooperated!

The members who chose not to ride the lift were able to enjoy the hot chocolate and light morning snacks that were packed, and they sat in the ski lodge, playing dominoes and socializing. Our meal was delivered to the entrance gate at Massanutten where our van driver Gale Younkins and substitute driver Wallace Weaver transferred the food to bring back to the lodge for us to enjoy. Several deer were seen on our way to Massanutten as well.

This annual trip is always planned when our JMU nursing students are scheduled to be with us so that they can partner with members who choose to ride the chairlift. The students were very excited to take a very short hike to an overlook at the top of the mountain where they spotted Route 33, JMU, and Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

Needless to say, lots of photos were taken and will serve as a reminder of our special day taking in the views from atop the Massanutten.

More photos from our trip are available on our Facebook page.

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