The only sound is the dry grinding of gravel under the wheels of my big blue truck as I slowly coast down Panther Mountain. Among the various woodland violets and other mountain flora are the small creatures that are now fully awake and roaming the forest floor. A little movement through the ferns tells me that a chipmunk is scurrying for a hole to hide in. The Spring day is cool and dry for the moment. The county has come through and trimmed back the brush and graded the twisted mountain pass making for a more pleasant drive. I ponder exploring the road all the way to the end sometimes but the truth is I don’t know if the road is wide enough for my truck. There are a few places where only a couple of feet separate the wheels from the canyon below. The majority of traffic I encounter here are ATVs and off road vehicles with a much more narrow wheel base. Still, I’m drawn to the point where I know that I’ll have enough room to park and enjoy the views before turning around. The valley holds the pristine Gauley River and if it wasn’t for the occasional kayak you could easily imagine yourself gazing on a landscape that was untouched by the winds of time. After a few moments of watching the Gauley River making it’s way to the Kanawha River I decided move on. That’s when the crabapple caught my attention. It’s absolutely loaded with bloom this year. The presence of such a large fruit tree that seems to be the only one of its kind in the area is a sign that many years ago this was a homestead. And there are a few Victorian Age homes hidden on private property not far from this spot. For whatever reason they were abandoned and falling in now. One day all that will be left is the odd piece of broken glass and cut stones to make people wonder about the world that was. I do know of at least 2 graves of the veterans of the revolution that kept by their descendants not too far away as well. The crabapple is too young to have been a part of their lives but I imagine it too had ancestors here. I suppose that time has not forgotten the landscape after all. It’s amazing how fast nature can reclaim her mountains.
Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.
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