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The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a very special piece of American scenery. It was conceived and started by President Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression as part of the government’s efforts to put people to work, to help the unemployed in a way that preserves their dignity. The parkway is now nearly 500 miles of scenic road winding along the Blue Ridge Mountains, mountains noted for blue color when viewed from a distance.

Blue Ridge Mountains
Blue Ridge Mountains (click on picture for our album)

Although I love scuba diving, I have to admit that I feel more at home in the mountain forests than the ocean. The living, breathing, pine landscape speaks to me. It has always been this way. Years ago, I was wandering in the woods and became disoriented. I was lost. Rather than panic, I closed my eyes and opened my heart to the energy of the woods. In that moment, I could feel a tree summon me. I opened my eyes and followed this call. It led me to a specific tree, a beautiful pine. I looked around and the way back was immediately apparent.

There are, of course, numerous explanations for my tale, but like so many Native cultures, I prefer the reality that all things have an energy, a spirit, with which we may communicate. The choice to listen is ours.1

It is possible that the name “Appalachian Mountains”, of which the Blue Ridge are a part, was given for the pre-European Apalachee people. In some Native dialects, “apalaci” means “people who bring light.”


2 thoughts on “The Blue Ridge Parkway

  1. Your “people who bring the light” comment made me think of this article from the Travel Channel, in which the power points, vortexes, and the squillions of tons of quartz in the mountains here are mentioned. Many people move here inexplicably, and chalk it up to a calling of sorts. At least once a day I hear some out-of-towner’s desire to call Asheville home. If you do a cursory Google search on Asheville’s mystic scene or quartz mountains, you’ll be bombarded with new agey websites proclaiming Asheville as the “New Age Mecca.” People who bring the light, indeed. But it also brings out the vampires.

    1. LOL. We got an earful of new age from the proprieter in one of the Himalaya salt shops there. Apparently, Himalayan salt cures everything from AIDS to cancer. And I thought it was just sodium chloride.

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