The Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia

A great view from the trail around Spruce Mountain in the Dolly Sods

[courtesy of Chris Meadows from FB]

What I love about the outdoors community online is their openness. Chris was fine with my using his photo over here, and just my mention on FB of not having been to the Sods since the 1970s garnered an invitation to join George Carr from LocoLibre Quilts in September for a trip back down there… George and I only know each other through email exchanges and here he is, willing to ask me to come along with him for an outing.

My mention of plans to relocate to North Carolina led to an immediate invite to join the Tarheel Hangers Group of hammock fans, and I’ve already had the offer of the use of someone’s mountain cabin up around Franklin, NC.


Consider the trees

which allow the birds to perch and fly away

without either inviting them to stay

or desiring them never to depart.

If your heart can be like this, you will be near to the way.

— Zen Proverb