You are a terrific writer! I loved the story and photo's of "Your Mountains". You truly grew up in a beautiful area of the country! I was born and have lived on the east coast all my 62 years, and had never seen a mountain until the mid 1970's when my husband and I decided to take a vacation to the Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee. It was my first visit to the Appalachians and I fell in love with those mountains! Having lived on flat land all of my life, it was such a new experience for me. The peace and serenity I feel when walking a trail, or the feeling that comes over me when just sitting and gazing at the scenery, is something that I just can't explain. The mountains are a spiritual place for me. We don't get to visit as often as we'd like but whenever we do make the trip, I always feel like I've come home! It's a feeling that is really hard to explain.
Our last visit to the mountains was 5 years ago. I've bought souvenir's and t-shirts with mountain scenes over the years but the last trip I had trouble finding something I really liked. One day we were in a little shop and my husband bought me a T-shirt that was way too big for me (XXL) but it was the only adult size they had left in stock, so I ended up with a new nightshirt. It's my favorite t-shirt ever, it has no scenic picture only a logo across the front that fits my thoughts perfectly. Simply stated, it says:
"The Mountains Are Calling ... I Must Go."
Even though I didn't grow up in the mountains I've always called them "My Mountains" Thank you so much for your wonderful article which brought back some great memories for me. This photo doesn't show a mountain view, but rather a trail in another part of the Appalachian chain, the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Sure is a peaceful place ... makes me want to get on a plane and head northwest!
Thanks Vicki! It's a quite and serene trail. It's not as scenic as a mountain view though ... I keep clicking on Sharon's photo of the mountain that shows a cabin/home in the valley below. That is a really gorgeous shot!
Hi Lin, thank you so much. I'm glad you're familiar with my mountains.
Here's another picture, your photo reminded me of it. This is a logging trail, it went right over top of one of my old trails, but at least there has been some reclamation. And not too much destruction.
The cabin you see in the photo in the article belongs to a cousin. He's done a good job of creating a true mountain landscape, but I worry that he rid his land of all the trees that were there originally. Surely it will change the environment in his little plot of land where the house is.
But there's still beauty there, and peace for the soul, which is what I needed.
Thank you so much for your comments. I'm glad you know what I'm talking about.
Sharon, You forgot the picture! I'd love to see a photo of the logging trail!
So, that was your cousin's cabin in the other photo? It looks like a heavenly place to live! I've always said I'd love a cabin in the woods ... but then again, I'm spoiled and don't want to have to drive too far to get to civilization. My husband has always said he would have loved living back in the pioneer days but but I like the modern conveniences myself. When my hubby retires in a few years (if he ever retires ) I'd love to have a little place in the Appalachians during the summer and come back to Florida during the winter!
The photo in your article reminded me of the popular Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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