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This week, I’m working in North Carolina near my home town of Mayberry (yes, that’s really where I’m from). My folks live just up the road, so I stopped in for a few hours to visit. On the way back to my hotel, I snapped this picture of Mount Pilot (a.k.a. Pilot Mountain) through the windshield of my rental car. It makes me wonder how many trips Andy and Opie made there…

Mount Pilot

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Today, Cindy is having lunch in town with my mom, and our cousins, Laura, Teresa and Crystal.

Me? Well, figuring the boys were getting a little spoiled, and wanting to get them back in traveling mode, I took the kids for a short trip to my hometown, Mt. Airy, North Carolina (better known as “Mayberry” of Andy Griffith fame). My dad came along to help out, although I cautioned him against it. Turns out my warning was spot-on as Adam wailed for miles and miles and miles.

When we f-i-n-a-l-l-y arrived, we parked the van and took the kids on a walk down Main Street. We walked past Floyd’s barber shop, the Snappy Lunch (home of the famous pork chop sandwich, and, according to Dad, the best ground steak sandwich around…of course, he’s wrong), and the Blue Bird Cafe. The boys enjoyed the walk, and Dad talked about how the town looked 50 years ago. After returning to the van, we fed the kids, and headed up the road to Odell’s Sandwich Shop (where one will really find the best ground steak sandwich around!).

Then we were on our way back home to Virginia…serenaded by Adam for miles and miles and miles…

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