in extent. The precise shape of the cloud, with
all its indentations, was visible in the shadow;
the indentations bearing the same enlarged pro-
portions, with the shadow, to the cloud.
An extraordinary deceptibility in human
vision is evident, in a view of the Shenandoah
river, from the summit of the Blue Ridge. The
river, in the estimation of some of our company,
did not appear to be further from us than the
distance of half a mile and it proved to be not
nearer than three or four miles.
Passed across the Shenandoah valley,
a body of excellent limestone land. This valley
is several hundred miles in length, and general-
ly from 20 to 25 miles in width, lying between
the Blue Ridge and the North Mountains.
Many parts of it retain to this day the name of
barrens, though now heavily timbered, being at
the time the land was taken up, covered with
scrubby bushes. On our way we crossed a small
river called the Opekon,-and it being the first
day of the week, we attended the Ridge Meeting
the day, and lodged at night, at the house of our
friend, David Lupton
Mountain,-having travelled 18 miles. One of
our horses faltered this morning, having been
too well fed at last night's quarters.