|The church on the mountain top with the most fabulous view I've ever seen in my life|
A very productive day today folks! Of course it was raining AGAIN when we started out this morning. I decided to head over to the "homeland" over the Tennessee state border to North Carolina mountains, where my father was born and brought up until his family left for Pennsylvania when he was ten years old.
I wanted to find a few more of those family cemeteries in those hillbilly mountains before we left for Bill's hometown of Georgia tomorrow. We got lucky and had a very productive day!
Unfortunately we again had confusion getting out of Johnson City, TN where we are staying at a Hampton Inn. Both Bill and I are older now and we both have problems handling heavy traffic in a city in which we are unfamiliar with the traffic patterns. Bill is doing all the driving and I am navigating. So far so good, with only a few glitches which was this morning getting out of Johnson City. But once we were on I-26 headed towards the North Carolina mountains we were alright.
This morning I contacted the man (Glenn)who I met eighteen years ago who now lives in my great grandfather Ike Lewis' house on Upper Pigeon Roost Road. His wife is my second cousin although we've never met. Her grandmother Pansy Tipton (yes, "Pansy", no smart remarks from the Peanut Gallery) was the sister of my grandfather Fieldon Tipton. I thought Bill and her husband would hit it off and they did. Both of them are 83 years old and both veterans. I was so glad Bill had somebody he could connect with instead of just wandering around cemeteries while I take my pictures.
I asked Glenn to ride shotgun in our rented Dodge Caravan (he was suitably impressed) and show us where the cemeteries were located. I was so happy he agreed because I would never have found these cemeteries on my own. All of those small family cemeteries up there in those mountains are up little winding paths on the very of the mountains. They don't have any cemeteries on the low parts of those mountains, too much water. There seems to be a stream everywhere If they had cemeteries near those streams...well you know what would happen. I don't have to paint that picture.
While talking to Glen he casually mentioned a rental property right above his house that he and his wife take care of while the owner was away. A rental property? I was just talking to Bill yesterday that we WOULD LOVE to rent a house for a week or two in the fall. I know my brother John would rent a house for a weekend, he and his wife Barbara are only two hours away.
Glen told me the owner (an airline pilot) was there today but he was leaving tomorrow. I asked if I could see him and his cabin. He said "Yes!" I met him and I liked him! Great. I his house/cabin! It is small and rustic but right next to a babbling stream. I LOVE IT! I know my brother would love it.
Bill so loves the mountains and hates the shore where we live now. I like both the mountains and the shore. I told Bill I would rent the cabin for a week in the fall. I've never seen the fall foliage. I bet it is just beautiful up there in those mountains. I would love to see it and I will. When I get home I'll check my work schedule and see what week is open. I'll probably go the week after my Tipton Family Reunion in October.
We got a break today and it didn't rain until I finished taking photos of my last cemetery. That cemetery is located on top of a mountain with the most fantastic view I've seen in my life. It was literally breathtaking. Bill said he would like to build a house on that hill and live the rest of his life looking at that view.
When I get home I'll upload a short video I took of that view and post it to a future blog posting and share it all with you. I wish everyone could see this view in person. Absolutely breathtaking.
I have to post some of the cemetery pictures I took today, make my personal journal entry today and then to bed. I was up until 1:30 am last night or this morning posting cemetery photos to my Find a Grave.com account. I can't do that tonight because we're leaving Johnson City early tomorrow morning. The rest of our trip South is for Bill now. He wants to go to Talulah Falls Georgia tomorrow then to his hometown of Toccoa Georgia. Then we'll swing up to Greenville, South Carolina to visit my brother John and his wife Barbara on Thursday. John wants to show me all the new construction around his church. I'm looking forward to seeing that. I am very proud of my brother and what he has accomplished at his church in Greenville. He is in the perfect job for him.
So there you go folks. The adventure continues!