Spring has arrived in western North Carolina, and it made the drive over the eastern continental divide prior to Asheville, and throughout the area, a spectacular experience. I had to keep my eyes on the road, but when I could look around, it was one beautiful view after another of green mountainsides and valley and blue skies with the perfect mix of bright clouds for contrast.
I had in an earlier visit to a unit in Franklin fussed a bit about the drive and wondered aloud to the local commander why folks would live all the way out there, away from the conveniences and accoutrements of larger population centers. I quickly realized my silliness- not only would I sometimes like to live "in the middle of nowhere" myself, but he had the ready answer, "Sir, why would anyone want to live anywhere else? This is God's country!" His smile let me know he meant it, and it has helped take the edge off of the 4 hour drive each time I head out there. It is beautiful, so I can enjoy both the destination and the journey. I know I can also look forward to the scenery in the fall, as the leaves turn color. Should be great.