|View of Pilot Mountain from Groundhog Mountain|
With yesterday being absolutely gorgeous, I set off for a drive to southwestern Virginia to see what I could find in the way of some good snapshots. I ended up on the Blue Ridge Parkway where to my surprise, there were very few cars even though the trees still had tons of color. Perhaps the people who would've have been up there were dissuaded by all the evening news shows talking about all the people who were up in the mountains or perhaps they had all gone south to Asheville. Who knows? All in all it was a terrific drive.
This is a view of Pilot Mountain, NC from Groundhog Mountain, VA on the parkway. Pilot Mountain is about thirty miles east at this point. For those of you who are my age and grew up with the Andy Griffith Show, this is the fictional Mt. Pilot. Andy Griffith who is originally from Mount Airy, NC, just up the road from Pilot Mountain, used a lot of his childhood locations in the show, just giving them enough of an artistic twist to keep the show from being a travelogue. Hence, Mount Airy became Mayberry, Pilot Mountain became Mt. Pilot, etc.