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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-

1 Oct 2016 at 12:09pm

  • Mountain Heritage Day returns to WCU - Asheville Citizen-Times
    21 Sep 2016 at 4:53pm

    Asheville Citizen-Times

    Mountain Heritage Day returns to WCU
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    CULLOWHEE - Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Day, a family-oriented festival that celebrates Southern Appalachian culture through concerts, living history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs, will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept.

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  • West's Frisbee runs wild on Mountain Heritage - BlueRidgeNow.com
    19 Sep 2016 at 8:47pm

    BlueRidgeNow.com

    West's Frisbee runs wild on Mountain Heritage
    BlueRidgeNow.com
    In a game that saw just two punts, Mountain Heritage outscored West 62-48. Beyond the score, however, Frisbee owned the Cougar defense. He averaged eight yards per carry and scored 36 of West's 48 points. That one-game output was nearly 100 yards ...


  • One-of-a-kind finds at Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival - Martinsbu...
    23 Sep 2016 at 11:55pm

    Martinsburg Journal

    One-of-a-kind finds at Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival
    Martinsburg Journal
    One-of-a-kind finds at Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival. September 24, 2016. By Mary Stortstrom , Journal News. Save |. SHENANDOAH JUNCTION - The Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival is back at Sam Michael's Park, continuing the ...

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Mountain Living / Mountain Life

1 Oct 2016 at 12:09pm

  • Affordable Living in Idyllic Cerro Azul, Panama - International Living
    30 Sep 2016 at 6:59am

    Affordable Living in Idyllic Cerro Azul, Panama
    International Living
    We had lived rurally at one time in Canada and knew we enjoyed the peace and serenity of mountain living. Cerro Azul was similar to our living situation back home, it offered incredible natural beauty a short drive from the buzz of the big city ...


  • What's for Dinner? - Mountain News
    29 Sep 2016 at 9:32am

    Mountain News

    What's for Dinner?
    Mountain News
    Stinging nettle must be handled with care to avoid being stung, but it has many practical uses, including as a tea or edible plant. stinging nettle. Michigan State University. stinging nettle. The stem of the stinging nettle is especially dangerous to ...


  • Kitchen Tour on Tap - Mountain News
    29 Sep 2016 at 8:24am

    Mountain News

    Kitchen Tour on Tap
    Mountain News
    Cheryl Moxley (second from left) and some of the crew who make the Kitchen Tour possible. Moxley started the Lake Arrowhead chapter of People to People International several years ago. Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:00 am. Kitchen Tour on ...