Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I So Miss The Mountains

Born in south-western PA and lived my later teen years in east TN taught me to love the mountains. I've traveled through them before, taking pictures to show friends and to help me re-live the awe I feel every time I pass through, but the film never seems to be wide enough, or real enough. These days I just drive (or ride) through and look around in wonder. It is amazing I don't crash and burn.

I took these pictures coming through Bean Station, TN. One is looking down about 1,300 feet to Cherokee Lake. The gas station pic is hard to realize what you are looking at. On one side of the road is a gas station. The other is a rock wall about 75 feet high. Then of course there is the ever present kudzu. So pretty and green but it will over take everything. And a tunnel. That was cool on the bike. The rumble was awesome.

I wish I cold down load the experiences, the fall colors starting to over take the green, the smells of home heating fires from the night before. You really should ride the roads less traveled. It is good for the soul.

























5 comments:

B Matthews said...

Yay mountains!! I do so love the stretch in TN and NC that encompasses so much of the Blue Ridge. And this time of year is always gorgeous. We went up to Caesar's Head mountain this past weekend and it was amazing. Glad you revisited some of your old haunts!

Tanie said...

oh my goodness, what wonderful views. I yearn to return to your beautiful country when I see pics like that. I fell in love with the mountains in and around Tucson
We have a few great mountains here in the UK. Snowdon is THE most amazing place and would feed your soul

Ordinary Janet said...

I can almost smell it! That smell always makes me homesick for some reason, even though I'm at home or close to home.

DNR said...

B - It was beautiful. If I win the lottery...

tanie - SOoooo, when you coming back? Our paths need to cross.

Janet - Aaahhh, the smells... wow, it was so rejuvenating.

qofd said...

Holy crap are these gorgeous photos. Who knew there was that much green in your area? From your e-mails the only mountains I pictured were mountains of moonshine bottles! ;)