As the big blue truck rolls beyond what has become it’s normal boundaries the mist and rain fall gently on my world. This is time of shadows when forest sheds it’s colorful blanket of Fall hues and sleeps deeply. Through the bare boles along the highway I see the curved bridge stretching out across the mighty Kanawha River. This bridge has always inspired a bit of wanderlust for me. There are days when I just want to follow the tracks over the mountains and through the tunnel at the little community of Deepwater on the other side of the river. The land on the other side of the river was the home of the Adena. The mysterious Pre-Columbian people who built the mounds and circled the mountains with stone walls. It’s said that they were giants and had bronze age metallurgy. As I stare at the mist covered mountains in the distance I wonder if they would be impressed with the iron and concrete used by the current Appalachian people. I wonder if somewhere on those misty mountains is there lies a stone pipe or a piece of copper jewelry worked by the hands of a legend. It would be a hidden treasure indeed. As I’m lost in my daydream of giant natives and ancient stones I’m drawn suddenly back to reality when a cold raindrop finds its way to the back of my neck. It’s time to return to Big Blue and make my way back to my fireplace where I can process my photos and tell my tales.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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