I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. (J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers)

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

Marko Kloos "Why the Gun is Civilization"

Monday, July 31, 2006

Purely Appalachia Craft Empowerment

Purely Appalachia Crafts Center is located in the historic Lay’s Furniture and Hardware Building in downtown Coeburn, features a retail shop with a wide selection of quality handmade crafts from southwest Virginia. Items include quilts, pottery, brooms, weaving, candles, and soaps. Classes are offered in quilting, pottery and other traditional crafts. The center also hosts live music every Friday night.

These last pictures are especially for MCM.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

More Pictures from the Gorge

Side trail down to the river looking back up towards the main Gorge trail.

Another small seam of coal.

Bags of what appear to be hardened cement that have been used to prevent anyone from getting any of the coal out.

A small creek with a waterfall that runs into the gorge a couple of miles from the beginning of the trail.

When I was much younger, I used to spend days under these cliffs looking for Native American artifacts (arrowheads and other flint tools). Generations of searchers have piled up the dirt so high that it's difficult to find anything any more. Of course all of the large fallen rocks make for problems too.


Monday, July 24, 2006

Guest River Gorge Trail

Click on the title for information.

The bottom black layer is a seam of coal.

Man hole in the tunnel.

Don't mess with me and I won't mess with you!


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