Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Mountain Majesty

Yesterday, I drove to Galax for the "Authors on Grayson" part of the Galax Leaf & String Festival. My favorite part of the trip is driving over Lovers Leap. I always stop to take pictures.

Although the morning had been clear for most of my drive, clouds and a haze were visible from the overlook.

This is the first time I saw anything in bloom, and I had to look over the side of the wall to see this rhododendron—or is it mountain laurel? I always get the two mixed up.

Hazy or not, the view was, as usual, majestic.

Unfortunately, vandals like to deface the wall—and the sign that tells them not to. And they're not too literate: "Wildman wuz hear." Arrgghh.

Another peek over the wall revealed a highway sign. It said, "Unmarked pavement." Well, yeah, there wouldn't be marked pavement in a tree, would there?

Below, you can see the actual unmarked pavement. Apparently Route 58 had recently been paved.

On my way home, the haze had lifted and the clouds were higher.

The view was still majestic. 

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Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

Good thing you were there yesterday. The day before the wind would have probably blown you down into the trees like it did that highway sign!

8:08 AM  

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