|Purple Bush flowering in Mt. Airy, North Carolina|
The Southern air reluctantly gave up its sweet smell of spring to my Northern nostrils. In the 5:30 am dark, I could not see the line of blooming Bradford pears or the flowering purple bush that had gladdened my heart the evening before.
The birds sang even more strongly as sunrise approached, some of their tunes unfamiliar to me. Was their song a promise that spring would finally come to New York? I don't speak Bird, so I don't know.
We headed out after a quick breakfast.
Mt. Airy is close to the North Carolina/Virginia border, near an area called Fancy Gap. It is scenic, but early morning fogs can be deadly - over the years there have been several deadly pileups. The most recent ones I know of were in March and May of 2013 - three dead in a 75 car pileup in the March incident.
The Interstate (I-77 heading north into Virginia) is heavily lined with reflectors and signs warning of fog. On the edges of each exit, we saw lines of tractor trailers which had parked there for the night, glowing in the reflected light. Their lights were on and they were getting ready to head out, too. There was to be no fog this morning.
The sun finally rose.
It was time to head home to upstate New York.