One road we must travel in order to get home from downtown is US 276, a very heavily traveled route that is well known for its potters and mountain views. Every year a local shop puts together a pumpkin display next to the shop. The tradition was kept even when the shop changed hands a couple of years ago. I just loved rounding the curve and seeing the pumpkin people so friendly and hospitable.
Alas, the shop has been sold and the new owners have a car detail place. The beautiful knoll on which the pumpkin people stood has a rental shed in front of it. The place is an eyesore and I hate it everytime I drive past. The shop has one of the best views in the area and not only are there no pumpkin people, there is an ugly shed there.
So here are Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkin from a previous year. Notice the gorgeous view behind them.
They waved to everyone passing by. You would not believe how many people waved back.
I will miss the pumpkin people. I miss the shop since I frequently popped in to buy something or another. I'm sure that regular tourists will miss the pumpkin people as well. Many of them marked their mountain trips with annual family photographs with the pumpkins. I imagine they will be driving up the road and wonder, "Wasn't this where the pumpkin people were? Did we miss them?" Yes, and we miss them too.