Friday, March 25, 2011

Photo-Finish Friday -- Walton's Mountain

One day, while living in Virginia, my charmer took me on a surprise day trip to the Walton's home town of Schuyler. Like many others, I grew up watching the television show and John-Boy the writer was an early influence. So when we visited Walton's Mountain it was like going back in time in several different ways.

PFF is the creation of Leah J. Utas.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.


Naomi Johnson said...

I didn't even know this existed. How nice of your charmer to take you there!

Chad said...

I liked that show a lot too when I was a kid. It was one of the shows my family and I always watched together. And Little House on the Prairie.

I have watched either in years. I'm too afraid time and age would ruin the fond memories of them both.

Austin Carr said...

What did your wife say?

David Cranmer said...

Naomi, I had no idea until we were closing in on all these town names that rattled a distant memory and I said "The Waltons lived around here!"

Chad, I would be tempted to watch an early episode (I linked to the opening theme) but this is a case where, perhaps, you can't go home again, right? Maybe I'll view them with my daughter in a few years.

Austin, We do these surprise weekend jaunts where (Magical Mystery Tour style) she would say "ok, my turn this week to surprise you." Then I spend the days leading up going "Where?" a thousand times.

Anonymous said...

I never missed an episode of The Waltons in the beginning. Once Richard Thomas left I lost interest.

Judy G

Leah J. Utas said...

If memory serves, The Waltons was the TV version of the book Spencer's Mountain. Wiki tells me the book/movie was based on Earl Hamner Jr.'s home town. How cool to be able to go there and see it, and how wonderful to do the weekend surprises.

David Barber said...

Cool! It's an actual place. I used to love the show and it was almost a family occasion when it came on on a Sunday afternoon when we were kids. (I used to like Little House on the Prairie too, but don't tell anyone!)

Weekend surprises sound great. They'll change though when little Ava gets to choose.

Have a great weekend, my friend!

David Cranmer said...

Judy, The show did go off into some unfortunate directions with John-Boy and the mom leaving.

Your memory serves correct, Leah. You have me asking why haven't I seen the 1963 Henry Fonda film? I must rectify that soon.

David, The only thing they are not quite sure of there is which gorgeous rolling mountain is Spencer's/Walton's Mountain. But the town, house, etc still stand.

Dave King said...

Even I, in this remote neck of the woods, know the Waltons. Fond memories.

Chris said...

One place I never in a million years would have ever even thought or wondered about visiting, but if I did so would probably think it was awesome. That's great!

I seem to remember Granny being a real spark plug.

Reb said...

How very cool! Lovely idea about the surprise weekends too.

David Cranmer said...

Dave, Glad to hear The Waltons crossed the pond.

Chris, After that, Denise took me on a hot balloon adventure. I just never know.

Reb, It was all the charmer's idea.

G said...

That is so awesome.

That show is such a pop culture icon that I do try to watch it whenever I can.

Its still being shown on a channel called "The Inspiration Channel" which can be found on DirectTV.

And I agree, once Richard Thomas left, the show wasn't the same.

David Cranmer said...

G, Like I mentioned above when Ava is a few years older I will watch the first few seasons with her again. A good wholesome show for a young child.