Say the words Shenandoah or Blue Ridge Mountains to me and it would previously conjure up the Waltons, folk songs and early Americana. But while Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park certainly take you away from the rush of modern city life, somehow the mere fact that it is a car drive as well as hikes that bring people here to cool off in the mountains, misplaces the thought of racoon hunting or dueling banjos. Escape yes, Waltons no.
Linda on L and I
My friend and fellow author, as well as naturalist and artist, Linda Johnston, drove nearly two hours to take Cristal and I on a great hike, gab and catch up. Linda, I’m going to try to remember what Mountain Laurel looks like.
And goodnight, John-Boy…
First let me say that if you go to Gettysburg, please allow a full day; don’t try to fit it in en route as we did. The car tour alone, around the 24 miles of sites, takes 3 hours. But I digress…what I want to say is that a visit to Gettysburg is a brain full of ‘What if”s: What if Lincoln hadn’t been elected? What if the South hadn’t seceded? What if the South had won?
Memorial on the spot of Lincoln’s address
What if Lincoln hadn’t signed an Emancipation Proclamation? Well, by now of course, there would have been a slave rebellion at least, but what if the South had been a separate country?
Luckily for us, it is not. The Union Army painted those hills blue and now I have got to Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia without having to use a passport. Thanks, Abe!
Sunset at Shenandoah