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The Bushes are Greener on the Other Side of the Fence

It’s 1958 and big changes were occurring in the world.  The Cold War was a frozen mess.  Sputnik I was history and the space race was heating up.  A band of revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro had just overthrew the ruthless Baptista regime in Cuban while Nikita Khrushchev  became the Premier of the Soviet Union.   The SF Giants had just beaten the LA Dodgers in the first major league baseball game played in California by California teams.  ET the Extra-Terrestial was still two years from even being a Steven Spielberg idea when Sheb Wooley’s song “The Purple-People Eater” reverberated from the juke boxes across America.
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Top of the World (….well, almost)

One of the most popular hiking destinations in the southern Appalachians is Roan Highlands.  It has a lot to offer – flaming azaleas and Catawba rhododendrons in the spring time, wildflowers such as the rare Gray’s lily in the summertime, virgin stands of Canadian spruce/fir trees, grassy mountain tops (balds) and 360 degree vistas of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee; all with a relatively short hike on the Appalachian Trail.   Three grassy balds constitute the Roan Highlands.  As one hikes north on the Appalachian Trail from Carver’s Gap, one first encounters Round Bald (5,826’), then descends into Engine Gap before climbing Jane’s Bald (5,820’) before ascending to the top of Grassy Ridge Bald (6,189’).  An up and back hike from Carver’s Gap is approximately five miles.
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