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  Another Type Of Trail
by Mr. Ed
Saturday, November 21, 2009
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ďA Footpath,

For Those Who Seek Fellowship,

With The Wilderness.Ē


Inscription Chiseled On A Rock



On my recent journey southward

I followed, another type of path

Unlike the very sad Trail of Tears

I truly hope, that this one will last


Itís our nationís longest footpath

It stretches, well over, 2,000 miles

It provides haven, for wild animals

To wilderness lovers, it brings smiles


It still traverses, eight of our national forests

It still touches, fourteen of our eastern states

More than 10,000 people, have hiked its length

With future generations of Americans, lies its fate


It is now sadly being chipped away, piece by piece

Modern development, will eventually, destroy it all

Itís called The Appalachian Trail; completed in 1937

And, itís well worth wandering, even a little, if not all


Itís like, an extremely lengthy series of very skinny islands, of Ďwildí

Completely surrounded by farmland, factories, and our urban sprawl

It contains, the remnants of numerous endangered plants and animals

I sincerely hope that efforts will be taken to preserve it, for one and all


On this wandering trek, I was extremely fortunate to both hear and see

Several types of endangered birds, singing and flitting, through its trees

And, these were birds that I donít often get to see, up in the northwood

So, this wild and wondrous old Footpath, truly brought some joy, to me



The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the preservation and management of the many natural, scenic, historic, and cultural resources associated with this National Scenic Trail, in order to provide primitive outdoor-recreation and educational opportunities for all its visitors.

Much of the land that the old Appalachian Trail still follows has been logged or farmed at some time during the last four centuries.†And, except for black bears, bobcats, and coyotes, most of its large natural predators have already been exterminated by modern man.



©2009, Mr. Ed
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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 11/22/2009
2000 miles, developers will be drooling hearing that out there are 2000 miles of unpaved nature, divide that in square foot, at so and so many bucks per parcel, OMG we can make another bunch of billions!

Georg

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 11/21/2009
Never taken that path. Need to. Patrick
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 11/21/2009
It is a most beautiful and breath-taking trail, such a shame is will have a legacy of neglect is no one helps keep it as pristine as it can be...

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/21/2009
Great write, Historical Ed; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D *grins*
Reviewed by Mary Metcalf 11/21/2009
i now live at the foot of the appalachians' and love this area, probably because i moved here from the west coast, im in the country when trees are still a part of the scenery and wildlife still pop up and the river can still be seen, traffic is smaller than where i came from and somehow, it will stay that way, it too far and out of the way for a lot of people acclimated to the luxuries of the big cities....hope they stay there
love and hugs
mary etta
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 11/21/2009
been on small sections of the AT, northern pa & far northern NJ and both were wonderful...there was a guy that traversed the trail handing out walking sticks, of which i was fortunate enough to attain one...ed
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 11/21/2009
This is thrilling and fun!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 11/21/2009
Thank you for this lesson, Ed. I appreciate it very much. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 11/21/2009
When democracy is not working the way it should, but is being abused by the greedy, politicians and otherwise, we'd have an army there if there were only a few taliban, much less dangerous, but we're too busy spending resources to teach them that, which, doesn't work properly over here, sad my friend, but we are are own worst enemy.
Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 11/21/2009
...lessons need to be learned from our Grandmothers..'Preserve'
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 11/21/2009
Ed,

It's true of all places in our country. In my home, I'm seeing the once grand desert being eaten by progess. And as Cat Stevens once said about progress, but "where will the children play"

Mary
Reviewed by Richard Arrington 11/21/2009
I live only a few miles from the East Tennessee section of the Appalachian Trail and have walked it into N.C. I get angry when I see land developers building near the trail. I don't understand why the U.S. Forest Service allows the developers into this area as if they have a right to rape the land for personal profits.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/21/2009
Educational and informative, Ed, and very well penned. What mankind has wrought is worse than a thousand natural disasters. :( Excellent.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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