Whitesburg KY

We take the natural beauty of our mountains for granted

To the Editor:

Ray and I had planned to drive across the Little Shepherd Trail to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage. So the day we planned our trip, it just happened to be raining. We didn’t let a little much needed rain stop us.

We started our drive on 119 across Pine Mountain and I personally think Pine Mountain is awesome in any season or weather. We started on the Trail about 10:30 a.m. and we had the whole Trail to ourselves. I guess by it being mid week and raining, no one else wanted to tackle a trip across the mountain. It was misting the rain and foggy in the valleys.

By the time we got on the mountain, the fog was below us. The colors were so bright it looked like the sun was shining on the trees, and the fog looked like puffy clouds below in the valley. The pavement was covered in gold, brown, red, orange, yellow and the most beautiful salmon color. It looked like you were driving on flower petals. It was so beautiful and being totally surrounded by it was a surreal experience.

Each bend in the road was more breathtaking than the last and the wispy fog through the trees looked like sheer lace. The silence was so powerful you felt like you were walking – or our case driving – in God’s private flower garden.

The huge cliffs and rocks on the base of the mountain look like ancient castles and fortresses. I felt very small compared to all the grandeur that was around me.

We saw wild turkeys, grouse, lots of squirrels and ground squirrels, red-tailed hawks, wild ducks, and wild Canadian geese on the pond at the park, and we have seen deer and bear.

I was born in Letcher County and I have lived here most of my life. If you take your time and look and appreciate the natural beauty we have here in Letcher County and eastern Kentucky, it is unsurpassed anywhere.

We look at our mountains and our cliffs and our hills and hollows every day, and sometimes it’s hard not to take it for granted. But I look at all the natural beauty and I feel such pride for Letcher County. We have some negatives in our area, but we always have had those and I do believe our county officials are trying to change that.

I choose to live in Letcher County and enjoy all the beauty it has to offer. If you have a few hours’ drive across the Trail and take time to listen to the silence, you will be glad you did.


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