3 Tranquil Minutes in Lost River

Lost River

Man alive—this has been one grueling week. We’re buying a house and the inspector delivered bad news; my car needed a bunch of repairs; writing projects were in overdrive; and to top it all…

Nirvana: West Virginia Style

Photos provided by Aaron Blum.

Scan the rolling hilltops of West Virginia, and what would you expect to see—an old coal tipple, boulders, the crumbling remains of a settler’s cabin? How about a gilded palace with colorful…

Tour a Revived River

Coal River

West Virginia’s Coal River Watershed has seen its share of abuse. Mining and logging operations combined with the vices of development—open sewer lines and plain old litter—once choked long stretches of these…

Sharing the Love for Sperryville

sperryville alley 2

I have a strange relationship with Sperryville, Virginia. Years before I started this blog, when I was still searching for the right way to deepen my connection with my homeland,…

The Wild Side of Pigeon Forge

One of the many hikes during Wilderness Wildlife Week.

I can’t lie. I’ve never gone to Pigeon Forge. I love me some Dolly, but the sprawling mess of fun centers, wax museums, and chain restaurants that sprung up near…

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