The Reading Tree
'What a lovely spot to read!', I said and sat down!
We were hiking in the Smoky Mountains the week of Oct. 16th and my husband wanted to go further up and I said no this looks like a good place to read and took my water and my ereader out of the backpack and said see you when you come back down! I had an hour and half of extra reading time as he trudge on! I did keep my eyes out for black bears though! Don't know what I would have done if one had come along! Hoped he liked Penny Plain, I guess!
We did have a great time in the Smokies. The weather was nice, ranged from 84* and sunny to 32* and frosty that week. So we got to swim and lay out at the pool,bundle up and walk in the woods and play scrabble by the fireplace at night (I won 5 games to 3!). The fall foliage was nice and one morning we had really heavy frost and went up to Clingman's Dome and took pictures.
|Isn't this beautiful?|
We also came upon an old summer resort area while hiking one day that was built in the early 1900's. They have sat empty and forlorn for decades and it was like happening onto a ghost town. It was a real treat to wander around the forgotten cabins with the doors standing open and porches falling off and roofs caving in. Of course we weren't suppose to go inside, signs posted on them. They are going to restore them for historical purposes in the future. Then we may be able to roam around inside them!
My mother's people are from Appalachia, about an hour north of the Smokies. So its kinda like going home when we go there. My mom lived in East Tenn. while my boys were growing up and some of their fondest memories are from there. I love the mountains (even if I am terrified of the roads!) and the people are some of the friendliest in world. If you've never been to the Smokies, put it on your to do list!
Mary Noailles Murfree (also wrote under the name Charles Egbert Craddock) considered by many to be Appalachia's first significant female writers. She depicts the mountain and Appalachian life in her novels. Many of her works have been formatted into digital format and are available free on Project Gutenberg I have added a few to my ereader! They are available in printed format also on Amazon. I'm looking forward to reading 'His Unquiet Ghost' from 1911!