Homeward Bound

Montpelier

Having reached our destination, the wedding, we turned homeward.

We stopped to see a friend here, a relative there, but kept a fairly steady slow pace south.  Still preferring the back roads, we found US 29 south of DC to be too busy, so we got on 15 and 20 and found ourselves outside Montpelier, the recently restored home of  President James Madison.

Nestled up against the Blue Ridge Mountains, the estate is beautiful – and was kept that way by DuPont heirs.  But despite the fact he was once one of the wealthiest men in Virginia and can rightfully be declared the intellectual force behind the creation of the Constitution, the grave markers of Dolly and James Madison are modest and show signs of repair.

We continued down along the valleys and drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The mountains are called that because they are usually draped with a blue haze, water vapor.  But this time the sky was as clear as we had ever seen it, and we estimated we could see for forty miles.

The remains of a volcanic core are now known as “Looking Glass Mountain” because sometimes a film of ice forms over the bare rock.  Alie called it “The Plumber.”

Before leaving North Carolina, we joined friends Doug and Pat for a picnic on the Nantahala River and were entertained by white water rafters.  Where was all this good weather when we were in Canada?

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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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One Response to Homeward Bound

  1. dan and claudette says:

    “the Plumber” We love it!

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