#9  Ebright Azimuth, Delaware (448 ft.)

Don't knock Ebright Azimuth, second-lowest highpoint in the nation. For one thing, it's got a bench. And if you happen to be driving south on I-95 and take the detour to Ebright, the most logical route south from there takes you not over the dreaded Delaware Memorial Bridge, scourge of the East Coast traffic continuum, but over the Commodore Barry Bridge. I know, I'd never heard of it either. But your GPS probably has. Try it at least once.

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And since you asked, I've been to Ebright twice, both times as part of a road trip to visit family in Virginia. I daresay I may never get there again, so on my most recent trip I shot shot a little video, one of the few on which you'll get to hear me speak: rather like the first time the citizens of Japan heard the voice of their god-emperor, Hirohito, as he gravely intoned the surrender of the imperial armies at the end of World War II. Too much metaphor, huh? 

Anyway...The vicinity of the Delaware highpoint is not difficult to find: that bench and the robin's-egg blue sign heralding "Ebright Azimuth" are dead giveaways unless you are either really unobservant or really hungover. The USGS benchmark takes a little sleuthing, however, as many of the books and internet sources will tell you. The key is to walk down the sidewalk from the bench toward the rusty tower in the distance and keep an eye out for a crescent-shaped cutout in the pavement. Nestled in the concavity is the USGS benchmark. I have two pictures of it in the slideshow: one from spring and one from late summer. Note the mud and faded flowers in the former, the encroaching crabgrass in the latter.


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Dolley Shot: A Bonsai Among Highpoints

The video of yours truly comes gratis a pair of dog-walking matrons who strolled by during my second visit. I asked them if they had heard of the highpoint; they had, but neither had ever noticed the crescent cutout or the USGS marker. I showed them; they thought I was a little pixallated. So I thanked them for their time and continued my documentation using Mrs. Llama's nice digital camera and the trusty iPhone. Good thing I had the phone, because unbeknownst to me Dolley Llama Jr. had somehow unbalanced the color balance, turning everything a sickly purple. Back home I was able to mitigate the results by processing some of them through a lo-tech arty filter, hence the color aberrations. Whence the Japanese tangent in the video? I can't explain it: the mood just struck me. I made the music myself using the koto app on the iPhone. Sayonara!



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