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Old Songs, Natural Highs, and my New Favorite Hiking Trail

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Linda says our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is a little complicated. Yes, but just a little which makes it interesting.

The prompt is: “song.” First, we find a picture–the closest one to us. Then we write about the “lyrics of the first song that comes to mind when we look at the picture.”    and as always, “Have fun!”

When I read the prompt, I was laying in bed after having driven the six hours from the mountains, though I think the trip took about seven hours because I stopped a lot to stretch the crinkles out of my old bones. The closest picture was a print I bought from Amanda Clark who is my favorite contemporary artist. She paints lots of earthy, whimsical, trees, bunnies, foxes, angels. The print I have made me think of the song, Blue Moon. But I just put that song in a post so I looked to my right and saw the painting I did in high school from a photo in National Geographic.

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I’m pretty sure the photo was taken of the rocky mountains. Though it might be somewhere like the Alps. I added the fairy mist coming over the ridge a few years ago.  In high school I had a dream of going to the Rocky Mountains, so naturally, I thought of John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” whenever I look at this painting.

I was kinda obsessed with this song when I was in high school and the whole ecology movement. I thought I was going to be born again when I went to the rocky mountains. I’ve never  been though. I’m not sure if I will ever go, though I hope to go to the Pacific Northwest if this virus ever makes interstate travel safe.

Still, I have a little house in the North Carolina Mountains and a little house near the Carolina Coast. The last song I heard coming back home to the coast on around 6pm on my oldies station was “O-o-h Child.”  This song came out in 1970 and has been a big part of my life, especially during hard times, ever since.  I would sing this song to myself when I was lonely and didn’t know if I’d ever find love again. I sang it to myself when my job was driving me crazy and during my darkest years when I wondered if life was worth living.  I sang it to my daughter during her difficult teenage years.

And you know what? It worked! Things did get easier. Hard times still came and went, and maybe they always will. But today, after many years, things are much better and easier than they were 20 years ago.  Dreams have come true. Maybe not exactly like I thought, but I have a man who loves me and supports me in so many ways. I’m retired, and I get to paint and write and putter in the yard.

I’ve never been to the Rocky Mountains, but on Wednesday I went on the most wonderful hike in the Appalachian Mountains. I got a Blue Ridge Mountain High for sure. There’s a river not far from our mountain house that I am falling in love with. I’ve just got to share some photos with you!

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I love this river!
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Just enough challenge to make it interesting.

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… and worth the effort!

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Raccoon Tracks?
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PS: I impulsively clicked to go to the new block editor while working on this so who knows how it will turn out. It’s like learning WP all over again! :/

I need to learn how to make one of those collages.

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Thursday Tree Love: Perseverance

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Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains, we came upon this tree with long gaps in its trunk. From this side, the tree appeared to be almost hollow. I thought it might be dead.

But when my eyes followed the trunk all the way to the top, I saw green leaves on its branches high above.

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I thought about what I’ve read of neighboring trees supporting the sick or injured with nourishment and support through an underground network.

The other side of the trunk looked more solid.
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I’m glad the caretakers of the trail have let this tree live and inspire us.

 

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Thursday Tree Love: Mountain River Tree

I discovered this tree growing near a river in the Appalachian Mountains. I’m not sure what kind of tree it is. It’s roots drew my attention.

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Who might take shelter among these roots during winter?

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The tree was surrounded by what looked like flowerless rhododendrons or perhaps mountain magnolia. They must be cousins.

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The ethereal treetop was a mystery. I reveled in the lush greenery close to the earth. The trail was calling.

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Thursday Tree Love: Redbuds

Redbud tree at Daniel Boone Garden

The deciduous trees were just starting to bud a couple of weeks ago when I visited my son and his family in the Appalachian Mountains. Redbud trees were spring’s early risers decorating rocky hillsides as I drove toward the mountains.  Later, I got to see some Redbuds up close at Daniel Boone Native Gardens. The buds weren’t actually red, but a soft pinkish purple, very pleasing to the eye.

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Thursday Tree Love on a Hillside

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I took this photo a few years ago in the Appalachian Mountains. The tree with it’s outstretched arms seems to be saying, welcome.

Here’s another photo from the same area.

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Today, I’m celebrating trees who have weathered storms. They are not symmetrical. They might not be majestic by our standards, but they are still full of wisdom and grace.

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The next edition will be live on March 28, 2019. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link it back to this post.

 

 

 


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A Corn Maze, a Free Pumpkin, and October Snow!

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I’m back home after 7 days in the Appalachian Mountains. Most of my time was spent with my friend on Beech Mountain, but I also visited Boone and Banner Elk to be with my lively granddaughter, dedicated son, and his lovely girlfriend. My friend and I gave them a break from parenting duty, and  I got lots of exercise chasing my granddaughter through the corn maze.  I wish I’d thought to get more photos of the maze, but we were focused on trying to find the 6 mailboxes each containing a puzzle piece to get a free pumpkin. After about 90 minutes, we’d found three of the puzzle pieces, having ended up at mailbox #3 three, times, but they gave us a free pumpkin anyway because we were two senior ladies with a 6 year old, and we did pay for the corn maze experience.

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This corn maze from Pixabay looks just like the one we did if you add more sunshine.

After two days of sunny weather, I got to see SNOW, a rarity where I live on the coast. The frosty air felt invigorating for brief periods. But when evening temperatures dipped into the 20s, we were thankful for the warm fire.

As beautiful as the mountains were, I learned after seven days, that there really is no place like home.

It might take me a while to catch up here on WordPress, or maybe catching up will be re-defined. Because there are only so many hours in the day and so many wondrous things.

I hope you enjoy these photos from my trip.

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Banner Elk, North Carolina

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Beech Mountain Road

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 Snow Storm on top of Beech Mountain

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A cozy fire at Pinnacle Inn

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The Next Morning

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May all your journeys be full of wonder and lead you safely home.

 


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Taking Time with Family

My good news for today is personal: I’m still visiting my son, his girlfriend, and my granddaughter in the Appalachian Mountains. It’s good to be able to spend time with them.

The leaves are starting to change color, but green is always present here. The fresh air and cool nights make me feel alive in a way that goes deeper than the ocean’s tingle. Mountains have called to me over the years and miles. And now, my imagination flirts with ideas of  living here, at least part of the time. Not so sure about winter.

Here are a few of the pictures I’ve taken so far.

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Studying an algae covered stalactite

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Linville Caverns, NC

 

Feel free to share your good news in the comments!

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