Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew

Well, the title is kind of funny, because we LIVE on a mountain, but still…. my husband and I have a favorite thing to do together, and that is to get in one of our mountain rambler vehicles and go out into the hills and mountains around our place, exploring, and just enjoying being together. As a folk herbalist practising in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, I live remotely, keeping a distant participation to some degree (perhaps never enough?), in the mainstream rush and panic of daily life in the ‘real’ world of productivity, competition and corporate time sheets.mountain

A Buckley Mountain Feist belonging to Penny Arnold of Rogersvill, TN. One has to truly appreciate it being a mountain Feist breeder and getting a pup in the hands of someone that will work with it and expose it to game. This mountain should only be attempted by hikers who have very high levels of fitness because the many provisions that you would have to carry for the long expedition will make your backpack very heavy.

For lesser thrill seekers Deep Creek Recreation area in the Smoky Mountain National Park near Bryson City offers exciting tubing and the Tuckaseegee River flowing parallel to the Smoky Mountain Parkway between Dillsboro and Whittier offers Mom approved rafting for young children.

Spring will come’ and at the same time regretting reading John Christopher’s post-apocalyptic ‘The World in Winter’. Mountain Fair needs help with everything from selling T-shirts and Peace Patrolling the fairgrounds to Green Team and Backstage Security. But nobody tames the mountain in the poem, or even can, yet Frost can write the poem.mountain

Exactly what form this takes, we’re still working on – but it’s going to be an online publication, something more and different to a blog – and a site that reflects more of the web of activity of the writers, thinkers, artists, musicians, makers and doers who have taken up the challenges of the Dark Mountain manifesto.mountain