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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Summer is the best time to see the 'blue' of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Mountains stretch from North Georgia all the way to Pennsylvania where they eventually peter out (become smaller and smaller until they simply disappear).

The Blue Ridge Mountains were named by early American settlers who journeyed west from the Coast of North Carolina. The mountains have a blue haze that seems to hover over them-making them appear a hazy blue color. The phenomena is said to result from a chemical being naturally released by the trees. One of my favorite books, To The Far Blue Mountains by Louis L'Amour tells the story of one of those early pioneers.

Even though I've lived smack dab in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains my entire life-each summer when the trees have leafed out to their full glory- I'm still awed by their beauty and shocked by their overwhelming presence.

Years ago I came across an interesting debate in a book and I've never been able to get it out of my mind. The gist of it being-folks who live in the mountains feel protected by the high ridges and mountain tops-but people who aren't native to the mountains sometimes feel smothered and confined by them. On the other hand-folks who are native to the plains of our great country are comforted by the wide open spaces where there is plenty of room to see what's coming-while mountaineers who visit the plains often feel naked or unprotected by the landscape.

I guess it's a Prairie vs. Mountains mentality. Since I've never been to the plains I can't say for sure how I'd feel-but it does seem I would feel like looking around for a place to hide. Hide from what-I haven't a clue. Here where I live-it consoles me to know I can run behind the next ridge over into the next holler and be gone from sight. Sounds like I need to be debating why I feel the need to hide-instead of the mountain vs. prairie mentality.

Would love to hear your thoughts on the Prairie vs. Mountains debate-hope you'll leave me a comment.

Tipper

p.s. To read more about Appalachia please visit me at the Blind Pig & The Acorn

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