The road across Panther Mountain in Nicholas County West Virginia is rough and gnarly. My big blue truck is built for off road travel but the road up the mountain is quite narrow. In some places the tires on one side are only a couple of feet from dropping off into the valley below. But, those spots offer spectacular views of the mountains that I call home. Most people only travel this road on ATVs but I have yet to acquire one. Meeting up with another 4 wheel drive on this road means that someone has carefully back up to a spot that’s wide enough to let the other guy by.
I have often wondered why my ancestors would choose to settle in a place where the mountain’s shadow means short days and dark winters. Where the rocky terrain means poor agriculture and travel beyond the property line was a challenge. But then I look out of window to see something like this and it all makes sense.
We call them our mountains but truth be told the mountains don’t belong to us. We belong to the mountains. Or with them if you prefer.
I have high hopes the rains will come in time to save us from a brown fall. If it does then I think that I’ll travel back to this spot and try to capture the fall colors.
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