(I originally published this on my genealogy site a while back)
I don't remember what it was that first pulled me to Valle Crucis when I was planning our 2003 Vacation. I had fallen in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains on my
I had decided I wanted to take the family to the
The planning for 2004 wasn't as long or as intensive as the year before, but we ended up in the same general area only further up the mountain. We managed a longer stay this year but it still wasn't long enough. It was the first week in June and one of the crowning glories of this year's trip was the nightly light show. We were in the last occupied cabin about a half mile from the end of the road, and nightly at dusk the fireflies would come out. There were millions of them, and they would line the side of the mountain above the road cut in front of the house. It was the first time in my life I have ever seen so many at one time. The most amazing thing though, was the way they would synchronize their blinking. It was like watching a wave of light roll down the mountain. By the time it would pass where you were standing, it would start again up at the far end of the road…Amazing. I stood out for what seemed like hours each night.
It was just recently though as I was doing some reading of research that I found a reference to my Linville ancestors having lived in
So anyway that is how Valle Crucis came to be added to my favorite places and it looks as if it will be on the list for another generation of my family at least.
If you would like to check out what it is that I keep going back for, follow these links:
· Grandfather Mountain - This is a privately owned bio-reserve. If you ever get the chance, check it out.
"Valle Crucis.-- ...There is a dreamy spell which hangs over this little valley, lending its charm to the story of the spiritual doubts that once perplexed the soul of a good man in his struggles to see the true light of Christianity. "
"Watauga County, NC" by J P Arthur, 1915