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My plan to catch the sunrise from Pretty Place (Symmes Chapel, Camp Greenville, SC) went awry when I found the gate locked.  With the colors already rising in the eastern sky and a suitable viewing point many miles away, I knew pics at the break of dawn were not going happen… at least not for me.  I got a wild hair and decided to head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway to see if I could capture some scenic shots higher up.  Looking Glass Falls warranted the first stop and then pics at the first overlook on the Parkway came up next.  A group from the Galloway School asked for me to take their pictures with their cell phones.  I obliged, but I also took a few with my camera.  (Hopefully they are checking these out!)

The next stop was the Graveyard Fields.  Still recovering from my shoulder surgery, I didn’t exactly intend to hike very far, but…  The weather and scenery drew me in and I couldn’t help but hike and shoot.  I met a family visiting from Florida at the Upper Falls on the Yellowstone Prong.  After about 5 miles of hiking, I made the turnoff into the Shining Rock Wilderness Area my final stop.  It was a great day in the outdoors and the pics are pretty good too.

I forgot until I was editing the pics, but Looking Glass Mountain is where our son-in-law Michael proposed to our daughter, Christin.  Somehow hiking to the top of a mountain to propose is an awesome metaphor for marriage.  There is a lot of work on the hike up.  You can’t see very far ahead most of the time.  But you keep working because you believe in the goal.  And the reward is very good… very good indeed!

Enjo

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