Man, I need to exercise more. The mountain is the site of a battle in the War Between the States, where Gen. Johnston's boys gave a whupping to Billy Sherman's Federals. Not that it really helped them in the long run.
The hike (up Pidgeon Hill) is quite steep, and you go past the old trenches looking down from the crest of the hill. No wonder the Boys in Blue got their tails handed to them, trying to charge up that slope against dug in defenders. The whole attack was stupid.
|Copyright Borepatch. Click to enbiggen|
|Copyright Borepatch. CLick to embiggen|
Now the alarums of those days are long past, and all you have is a quiet memorial trail, if you think on the dead of that battle. Theirs is a quiet and beautiful memorial.
While I was hiking along the trail, I passed a your teenage couple - typical All American youth - playing chess. It was an interesting riff on the expected Young Love theme, although that seemed to be there - I could hear her giggles as he moved his piece on the board. The whole thing was quite unexpected, and made me smile.
Pictures later - the camera is downstairs, and I had quite enough climbing yesterday, thank you very much. [UPDATE: fixed now]