We awoke on the morning of Oct. 4 to cold, clear sky and were glad we had decided to stay in Waynesboro an extra day to let the rain pass.
Blue Ridge Parkway

We were soon at the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a majestic highland boulevard that winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains for 469 miles.




It was clear from the start that we had made a good decision in waiting a day.




Field of podsPods

There are many turnouts along the parkway. At one we saw this field of pods. I have no idea what kind of plant they are ... but they are cool!




Red tree

The trees are beginning to change colors ... in a couple of weeks they will be at their peak.



Otter Lake

Otter Lake is formed by the damming of Otter Creek.





Dixie at Otter Falls

We hiked down to the bottom of the falls ...




Mark on boulder

Mark could not resist climbing onto the top of a large boulder. He's 65 years old but acts like a little kid sometimes.




Mark and Dixie - Otter Falls

Here Mark set the camera timer to take a picture of both of us in front of the falls.






James River

The James River was used in the 19th century to transport goods from the mountains to the tide lands.



Batter Creek Lock

Around 1840 a lock was build to expedite river commerce around the rapids on the James River.

It was still in use until the 1880's when the railroads killed the canal system.



Otter Peaks Park

We are spending the night at Peaks of Otter Campground, a national campground (with our Senior Pass - $8 a night).






3 deer

When I was cleaning up after dinner Mark quietly called me to look outside. There were 3 deer just downhill from us!




Pink wild flowers

There are actually wildflowers still blooming here.




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