Beauty in the Mountains

I spent the last two days in the mountains of North Carolina.  A colleague and I had a meeting in the region and our timing could not have been better.

Few things are as beautiful as the mountains of western Virginia and North Carolina during the fall.  This was my favorite season during the 15 years we lived in Staunton, in the middle of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. 

So Tom and I were thrilled to find ourselves on a lake with a jaw-dropping historic dam and a shoreline filled with trees in all their fall glory.  We viewed a great historic property with the owner on Tuesday afternoon, but knew we had to get up this morning to see more of this wonderful place.

After a restful night’s sleep (boy it is dark in the country), Tom and I hit the hiking trail this morning to walk around the lake, enjoy the wonderful light, and examine the dam up close.   As you can see from these pictures, the trees were spectacular and the dam was awesome in all its 700′ wide X 90′ high glory. 

One of the great things about my job is the chance to be with some of the smartest and most passionate people in the world in some of the nation’s great historic places.  The past two days were just more evidence of my good fortune.  I’ve been viewing dams since my father (the TVA engineer) took us to Fontana Dam when I was about 10, but this is one special engineering feat.  You only get a slight sense of the beauty of this place in the pictures, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.  All in all a wonderful two days.

More to come…



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