Sometimes, things that have seen better days are just reminders of the days gone by.

I learned this, once again, while we traveled down the scenic byway through the Shenandoahs, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains, last week.

Everything had a story about how it was built, and it’s purpose.

Take for instance this old railroad. At one time it was a logging rail. Now it is the start of a day hike, and is instrumental in helping hikers on the Appalachian Trail find nearby falls for water.

And if they are really lucky they may stumble across the hidden whiskey stills of past settlements.

They always find their way back to the long, narrow paths and century old fences.

And I wonder…if the trails could talk what stories they might tell of the hikers, and of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) who built the trails and fences in the 30’s.

Hopefully, they all took the time to ponder, like we did, near the dead trees and see their spectacular journey in all it’s splendour, from above.

And for us, a drive off the beaten path took us back to the good ole days. Do you remember Mayberry?

The town of Mt. Airy is the childhood home of Andy Griffith, and from where the show was modeled. They have embraced the show as a piece of history, and while it might be a little touristy, they have done an excellent job in helping you feel like you have landed in Mayberry.

And if friendly and hospitable is what you crave, you will find it here.

And that bridge from above? That light at the end of the tunnel? A gateway, and a message to what is ahead, right? Someday we will look back to those better days too.

But this moment happening right now? Tomorrow’s memory.

Wind Kisses, Donna

Inspired by thru hikers of the Appalachian Trail, and Tina at Lens-Artists/Seen Better Days.