Sharp Top and The Sweet Escape

March 12, 2007 at 12:01 am 9 comments

In the privacy of my own journals, I’ve had some harsh words about Gwen Stefani’s solo career.  I’m a bit too lazy to look up the exact passages, but I believe I used words such as “drivel” and “trash” to describe what I perceived to be a marked decline from her No Doubt work. 

Welp, it seems that I have already changed my mind!  I’m sooo into that The Sweet Escape song.  It instantly puts me in a good mood and is a wonderful soundtrack as I travel to trailheads for an adventure.  I’m especially fond of singing along to the high-pitched “Wooo–hooo, wooooo-hoooooo!” parts, though don’t bank on catching me doing that at work.  That only occurs when I’m driving alone or with the dogs (I’ll also make an exception for Carolyn.  That’s the  type of relationship I have with my sister– I can sing offkey as loud as I want without forfeiting her love).  Given the amount of enjoyment I’ve gotten from The Sweet Escape, I’m glad my strong opinions were limited to my journals. 

As I mentioned, yesterday I hiked Sharp Top at the Peaks of Otter.  Here’s another tidbit about that mountain.  It was once believed to be the tallest mountain in Virginia.  It turns out that is far from the truth– Mount Rogers is 1,864 feet higher.  Not only that, but Sharp Top isn’t even the tallest mountain in the Peaks of Otter.  The mountain right beside it, Flat Top, is taller!  I’ve often found amusement at that misconception, even though I could easily fall for the same optical illusion.  Sharp Top with its pointy peak does appear to be taller:

Flat Top on the left is 4001′, while Sharp Top on the right is only 3865′

Unlike my Gwen Stefani rants, the thought that Sharp Top was Virginia’s tallest mountain was not confined to local lore or private journals.  Nope!  That mistake was recorded in stone… literally!  In 1851, a stone from the summit of Sharp Top Mountain was used in the construction of the Washington Monument.  It was engraved as follows:

From Otter’s Summit, Virginia’s Loftiest Peak, To Crown a Monument to Virginia’s Noblest Son

When it comes to documenting mistakes, I find journals preferable to the Washington Monument.  In fact, I’m going to make it my lifetime goal to keep my mistakes off the Washington Monument.  I would say all monuments in general, but I had a vivid memory as a small child disposing of a booger on the Lincoln Memorial… so that option is kinda unobtainable.  I got to stick with what’s feasible. 

Journals – yes.  Washington Monument – no.  Lincoln Memorial…maybe.

Entry filed under: Blueridge Parkway, booger, Gwen Stefani, Lincoln Memorial, Peaks of Otter, Sharp Top, Washington Monument.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gwen Stefani » Gwen Stefani March 12, 2007 2:01 am  |  March 12, 2007 at 1:05 am

    […] Blog Posts Sharp Top and The Sweet Escape In the privacy of my own journals, I?ve had some harsh words about Gwen Stefani?s solo career. I?ma […]

  • […] Blog Posts Sharp Top and The Sweet Escape In the privacy of my own journals, I?ve had some harsh words about Gwen Stefani?s solo career. I?ma […]

  • 3. Christina  |  March 13, 2007 at 9:15 am

    Wow, another music coincidence… I feel the same way about Gwen Stefani’s solo career and The Sweet Escape!

  • 4. tgaw  |  March 13, 2007 at 10:10 am


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  • 9. Linda Scoville  |  November 10, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Your photo is beautiful but it is shown in reverse. If you are facing the Peaks from Bedford, VA. Flat top is to the right, Sharp Top is on the left. I am a descendant of Zachariah Wheat, for whom Wheat’s Valley (at the northeastern base of the Peaks) is named. He settled there in the late 1700’s.


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