The cool shadows have begun to grow noticeable longer as rattling sounds of grasshoppers fade away like the heat of summer. The unpaved county road leads my big blue truck slowly through the the rich bottomland where dust rolls off of the road like the mists of a river. Diesel engines growl in the distance as tractors move giant rolls of hay under the shelter of a barn. And the road calls me deeper into the hidden world beyond the boundaries of Asphalt and concrete into a labyrinth of trails and gravel to seek a treasure overlooked by miners and lumberjacks many years ago when they laid bare the mountain’s bones. They pulled forth a city in lumber and powered it with the coal. The mountain gave birth to civilization and fell asleep. For age she slept and healed preparing for the day when her true treasures could shown again. The big blue truck drifts to halt in a welcoming fold between the hills. Here in the shelter of a young forest I find a treasure of floral rubies not planted by the hands of mankind. The Cardinal Flower stands proudly on the edge near her Blue Lobelia and with a special prize that I have not found in person until I yielded to the mountain’s call.
To be continued…
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