Attractions: DOC'S ROCKS GEM MINE, Blowing Rock

North Carolina has been affectionately called “the treasure chest of the States”, and rightfully so, considering the Old North State is home to over 300 varieties of gemstones and minerals, the most of any in the nation. 1,184 more words

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The view from the top

Hiking seems so therapeutic to me.. There’s just something about putting on my thick hiking socks and lacing up my boots that just gets me ready to go for miles. 151 more words


The Coal War on West Virginia and the Appalachian Mountains

Just some drops in the bucket:

1883—2014–21,000 deaths in coal mine accidents

1998-2014–170 deaths in coal mine accidents

1968—2007–Black Lung—1500 Coal Miner Black Lung deaths each year (source: UMWA) That’s close to 60,000 black lung deaths just since 1968… 175 more words

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

    Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver     

I have just spent a week in Berlin on holiday with my school. It was an incredible experience – but reading ‘Prodigal Summer’ whilst there made it even more memorable. 217 more words

The Last Sin Eater - by Francine Rivers (1998)

This novel is about a community of Welsh immigrants who settle in the Appalachian Mountains during the 1850’s. They carry along their unique customs, including the designation of one person to be their sin eater. 211 more words



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… and sometimes I ask it to slow down…and so it goes ….my view from the front porch. 530 more words