Notes below were posted on Monday, November 14, 2005

Peaks of Otter

Last weekend Barbara and I went to Peaks of Otter Lodge on the Blue Ridge Parkway in southern Virginia. We have been there several times. It is less than 3 hours from home and a beautiful drive. We hiked up one of the peaks called Sharp Top. We had hiked the 1.5 miles to the top but never before in the fall. Sharp Top was once believed to be the highest point in Virginia. This claim was subsequently proved false.

The first picture was taken in the lodge dining area after the hike. It was windy and chilly outside and the fireplace provided some comfort. The next picture (clockwise) was taken from the inside of our room. Barbara is looking towards Sharp Top. The next picture is me at the top, and the final shot is from the top looking down at the lodge.

The accommodations at the lodge are modest (cinder block walls). The restaurant is excellent. We saw a herd (gaggle?) of wild turkeys as we were leaving the lodge to head back home. They looked nervous this close to thanksgiving.