Back Up on the Mountain
Back up Whitetop after a fierce winter that usually left the mountain road either buried in snow, under inches of ice or torn up from others who decided to redneck their way up the road. I finally got to drive up that gravel mountain road, passing fallen trees, ruts and huge mud puddles. Traveling alone kind of makes you nervous in your two wheel drive and knowing the road well enough that there is a rough patch that could result in me from accessing the summit. Before entering the open mountain side, I pulled over to allow a Jeep to pass me, knowing that I was not the only one on the mountain was a little reassuring as I started the final climb to the top. Driving up the hairpin curves and crawling over the rough straight ways, I approached the section in which I could not pass until it was repaired last year. It was dug out and muddy, I aimed for the middle but my left tire sunk into the muddy abyss. This year it looked eerily familiar, I slowly advanced, holding my breath, crawling over the ruts and thru the muddy holes. I had done it, I cleared the section in my Ford Fusion! I arrived up top to meet a few others vehicles, everybody seemed to be there to see the sunset. I scouted out the area for a location to set up my tripod and camera, noticing a little spruce on some elevated ground, hoped on down from the road.
Keywords: Appalachian, Appalachian Trail, Canon, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Landscape, Moon, Moonrise, Photography, SWVA, SWVA Photography, Southwest Virginia, Southwest Virginia Photography, Sunset, Virginia
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