Virginia Tech and Devil's Marbleyard

About a month back a friend of mine invited me down to my alma mater (Virginia Tech) to catch their home game against Central Michigan. It occurred to me that I had a perfect opportunity to get some good digital shots around campus. I bought my current digital camera (a Nikon D70) in 2004, which was just before I graduated. Before that point I only took film photos, so that means the vast majority of the pictures I’ve taken of Virginia Tech over the years are virtually inaccessible - all “locked up” on film in a box in my home! I had to fix that - at least partially - during this trip.

We arrived on the campus around 9:30 or so. I immediately went for the middle of the drill field to get this sweeping 360 panorama of the campus:

360 panorama from the middle of the drill field

360 panorama from the middle of the drill field

I got another one over near War Memorial Chapel too - this one somewhat less in terms of coverage:

The view from War Memorial Chapel

The view from War Memorial Chapel

Found atop the chapel, Memorial Court is one of those key sites on campus, so I couldn't neglect that. Here are the leftmost four of the eight pylons (representing Brotherhood, Honor, Leadership, Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty, Duty, and "Ut Prosim"):

Four War Court pylons

Four War Court pylons

Here are the other four:

The other four pylons

The other four pylons

Heading to just past the opposite side of the drill field you'll find the duck pond, where you can see this beautiful bridge:

Duck pond bridge

Duck pond bridge

There's also a nice gazebo alongside the duck pond where you can chill out:

Gazebo

Gazebo

The next day (after Virginia Tech absolutely destroyed Central Michigan in the game) a few friends and I went up North on I-81 to hike Devil's Marbleyard. I'd never been there before, but being well-versed in the terrain around the area I felt I wouldn't encounter too many surprises. How wrong I was! Devil's Marbleyard was unlike anything I'd seen before - an entire hillside covered with boulders the size of cars. It was amazing! Here is a small panorama from the base of the mountainside to provide some perspective:

Devil's Marbleyard

Devil's Marbleyard

Here's a 360 degree panorama from about midway up. My friend Factor is in there to add some scale!

360 pano of the marbleyard

360 pano of the marbleyard

Here's the full gallery of pictures I took on my visit:

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