Category Archives: Explore

An excerpt from Anthropologist James Mooney’s book Myths of the Cherokee (1900). “The earth began as nothing but water and darkness, and all the animals were in Galúnlati, above the stone vault that makes up the sky. Eventually Galúnlati became so crowded that the animals needed more room, and they wanted to move down to […]

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My first look at the Chimney Tops since the fires. Most of the trail leading up to the last quarter mile before the pinnacle was thankfully untouched by the blaze, however the peak itself (by my eyes) looks significantly more ominous.  

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“You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here and whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” ~Max Ehrmann

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“The curious place name dates to 1929 when Charlie Conner was hiking with outdoorsman Horace Kephart, photographer George Masa, and others along the high divide. When they paused for a rest on the rocks, Conner took his boots and socks off, exposing a bunion or two that rivaled the surrounding stones. Eying Conner’s feet, Kephart […]

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A Russian writer named Prishvin said, ‘Home is where you have found your happiness.’ I think I know where that may be, at least for myself. I’ll reveal this much: it has something to do with those mountains, those forests, those wild, free, lost, full-of-wonder places that rise yet (may they always!) above the squalor […]

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