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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-

24 Apr 2017 at 10:51pm

  • BMC donation helps Mountain Heritage Trust move to Blencathra Centre - Grough
    15 Apr 2017 at 2:43pm

    Grough

    BMC donation helps Mountain Heritage Trust move to Blencathra Centre
    Grough
    A donation from the British Mountaineering Council helped fund a new home for a collection of important historical mountaineering artefacts. The Mountain Heritage Trust officially opened its new premises at the Blencathra Centre in the Lake District ...


  • PEC to honor Greene County families on Saturday - The Daily Progress
    19 Apr 2017 at 3:47pm

    The Daily Progress

    PEC to honor Greene County families on Saturday
    The Daily Progress
    For the past six years, PEC (The Piedmont Environmental Council ) has hosted a mountain heritage day near the Shenandoah National Park to recognize the history and heritage of the families that once lived in and around the mountains. ?In the past ...


  • BMC funds Mountain Heritage Trust move - UKC News (press release)
    31 Mar 2017 at 5:08am

    UKC News (press release)

    BMC funds Mountain Heritage Trust move
    UKC News (press release)
    The Blencathra Centre will now be the main location for MHT's collection of mountaineering history items in the UK. Sharing the Field Studies Council site will offer exciting new opportunities to bring mountain heritage alive to young people visiting ...
    Britain's Mountaineering History SavedOutdoor Enthusiast magazine

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Mountain Living / Mountain Life

24 Apr 2017 at 10:51pm

  • Eclectic 'mountain living' collection finds home in Cedar Falls - Waterloo Ce...
    16 Apr 2017 at 3:02am

    Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

    Eclectic 'mountain living' collection finds home in Cedar Falls
    Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
    Lorenz has branched out to selling cowhides ? Stone Feather Road features a hide room ? making bags, belts and other jewelry and selling an eclectic mix of products in a style she calls ?mountain living.? ?It's functional, peaceful living,? Lorenz said.


  • With mountain living comes mountain fun, sometimes in the form of hiking beau...
    13 Apr 2017 at 1:14pm

    With mountain living comes mountain fun, sometimes in the form of hiking beautiful trails. Unfortunately, this can ...
    Mountain News
    With mountain living comes mountain fun, sometimes in the form of hiking beautiful trails. Unfortunately, this can also include mountain dangers, especially if hikers are unprepared for dangerous situations. How well do you prepare before setting out ...


  • Domoguen: Building roads to the future of mountain living (part 2) | SunStar ...
    3 Apr 2017 at 10:41am

    Domoguen: Building roads to the future of mountain living (part 2) | SunStar
    Sun.Star
    You don't climb mountains without a team, you don't climb mountains without being fit, you don't climb mountains without being prepared and you don't climb mountains without balancing the risks and rewards. And you never climb a mountain on accident ...