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Mountain living for me was growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia. When I was still a boy, my family traveled all over the USA. We climbed the lofty Rockies and the Sierra Nevada range. We spent time in the Ozarks and visited the White Mountains in the Northeast. Vivid memories of scenic heights and wonderful people from coast to coast.....

There were valleys, too, and deserts, plains and prairies, beaches and badlands. All of these distant places had a beauty I could appreciate; seeing them in person only strengthened my love of adventure and the open road.

Every journey and destination has had some influence on me, but my passions were molded in the mountain life of my youth. The New River winding through the valley, the hazy Blue Ridge horizon, the unique Appalachian country music, simple faith, and mountain heritage of my people have all converged within me to help determine who I am. I don't live on a mountain, but I will always live with a mountain view.

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Take a few moments to read my pages. Try a few links. Maybe you'll rediscover a dormant passion or find a new interest. You may find your heart wandering back to your own time of mountain living, or you may find it being drawn to explore places you've never been.

Planted in the Old Dominion -

Kenney's Drive-inThe ‘college town’ of Radford, Virginia, is where I was born and spent the first few years of my life. I remember most walking the downtown streets while shopping at Leggett's and Roses with my mother, standing in awe at the scale of the New River bridge, staying up late for movies at the Hi Way drive-in, and wondering what made the unique smell coming from the west end foundry. I enjoyed seeing the huge bear sign outside the old grocery store, eating great fast food from Kenney's Restaurant, watching the outdoor drama The Long Way Home, and staring at the hippies at Radford College. Thomas Wolfe said you can't go home again. Home is never the same when you move to make one somewhere else. When I do get back to Radford, it is sad to see most of these things from home are no longer around. One bright spot for preserving mountain heritage is The Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center at Radford University.

Fair Dublin Town -

While still a small child, I moved to the nearby community of Dublin. My parents had purchased a house on Maple Street that in my eyes was as large as any castle and just as old and mysterious.Maple Street Some of my most precious childhood memories are of enjoying that old farmhouse and yard with its huge maples. Christmas felt like I was living in a Currier & Ives print. I remember walking home from school (and seeing most of the town), the lovable Dudley brothers, and surviving the blizzard of '77, when I missed a month of school. I enjoyed nights at the New River Valley fair, more great food at Duke's drive-in, shopping at Wade's grocery store, and camping at nearby Claytor Lake. The Dudley's have all passed, and the cold winters elude us, but happily, the farmhouse, fair, and lake all remain for others to enjoy.


Mountain Heritage articles-

18 Aug 2017 at 8:48am

  • Love of history propels alumna to mountain museum post - CU Denver Today (pre...
    13 Aug 2017 at 3:31pm

    Love of history propels alumna to mountain museum post
    CU Denver Today (press release)
    Shelley Popke feels a kind of kinship with people who come into the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum looking for stories and insights into their high-country forebears. Popke is familiar with the desire to dive into the past, to trace family ...


  • GAME TIME: The wait is over for high school football - BlueRidgeNow.com
    17 Aug 2017 at 7:45pm

    BlueRidgeNow.com

    GAME TIME: The wait is over for high school football
    BlueRidgeNow.com
    The long wait is over. Football returns to Henderson County on Friday night and there are plenty of matchups to take in. The biggest matchup, however, ...

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  • Mountain Heritage Festival to feature beauty pageant - LaFollette Press
    9 Aug 2017 at 5:02pm

    Mountain Heritage Festival to feature beauty pageant
    LaFollette Press
    Mountain Heritage Festival to feature beauty pageant. -A A +A. Bookmark and Share. By Dwane Wilder. Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 5:09 pm. Going into its 47th year, the annual Mountain Heritage Festival has become synonymous with the Stinking Creek ...


Mountain Living / Mountain Life

18 Aug 2017 at 8:48am

  • Property of the Week: Peaceful mountain living in Jackson - Conway Daily Sun
    20 Jul 2017 at 6:44pm

    Property of the Week: Peaceful mountain living in Jackson
    Conway Daily Sun
    This week's property is located at 29 Stem Turn Hill Road in Jackson, quite possibly the nicest location in Jackson Village. Nestled at the end of a private road, on 12 rolling acres, with mountain views, open fields, a small pond and sledding hill ...


  • Chief's Corner: Know your community fire restrictions in Truckee-Tahoe region...
    17 Aug 2017 at 11:00am

    Sierra Sun

    Chief's Corner: Know your community fire restrictions in Truckee-Tahoe region
    Sierra Sun
    We have also realized that having recreational fires is very important to homeowners as a way of rounding off their mountain living experience. Thus, we have come up with a safe way to allow property owners to install gas operated outdoor fire pits ...


  • Hospital Forms $1.4 Million Partnership - Mountain News
    17 Aug 2017 at 1:40pm

    Mountain News

    Hospital Forms $1.4 Million Partnership
    Mountain News
    Project representatives include (left to right): Chris Latham, Angela Sojobi, Ruth Mielke, Lauren West and Michelle Payne. Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017 11:29 am. Hospital Forms $1.4 Million Partnership 0 comments. As an opportunity to build upon ...