Our home of four years now, where you are always welcome. Come on up to the house, y’all!
The Appalachian Trail at Cross Mountain Road
Easily accessible with stunning views into Virginia and Tennessee. The first half-mile or so of the trail wanders over lush hayfields of a century-old farm and overlooks Shady Valley, including the Nature Conservancy's historically and environmentally important Cranberry Bogs.From there you enter the deep woods where wild turkey, deer, coyote, and other critters roam. This leg of the vast AT is a great day hike or a short walk in the woods.http://www.nps.gov/appa/http://www.appalachiantrail.com/http://www.trailplace.com/
This sleepy little town came back to life a few years ago when some smart people decided to make it an art gallery destination. Just east of Boone, it makes for a great day of browsing, along with the galleries in Boone and the Churches of the Frescoes.http://www.ashechamber.com/whatstodo7.htm
Churches of the Frescoes
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in West Jefferson and Holy Trinity in Glendale Springs boast some beautiful frescoes, paintings, and sculptures. The drive is as beautiful as the destination. One of the paintings is by an old school mate of John’s, who still lives in Little Falls!http://www.churchofthefrescoes.com/
I stopped and asked them about their name one day. Seems they used to deal in Ginseng as well as tin cans. Note: Elizabethton Herb and Metal is no more. They are now OmniSource Recycling. Ah well. At least I have my memories!
Close to Home
To Infinity and... Turn Around!
Dirt-worshipping Tree Hugger
Sometimes the trees hug back!
Hazel Dickens and Ralph Stanley Kopiski
They're not always this adorable!
Yancey Blevins Kopiski
As of 10/20/08 Yancey is about 1 1/2 years old, quite a lunk, and quite playful. He and Chester are good buds. And I swear he's part Chinchilla, he's so soft!
Moses P. Kopiski
Moses left us on Friday, October 16, 2008, at age 17 years and about 2 months. He will be missed more than we can say.
Chester Earl Blankenship
Chester and Sally
If you need a definition of a happy dog, just look at these faces