Having been raised in
the flatlands of Louisiana, after almost a year I
continue to be amazed at the gentle, rolling hills
At this time of year,
bales of hay are beginning to dot the hillsides - an
added picturesque touch.
I've wondered if there
are, beside these hills, actual mountains in
Kentucky, and decided to do some research.
There seems to be
eight epic mountains in the eastern part of this
state, the highest point having an altitude of
4,145'. They are part of the Cumberland Plateau in
the southern part of the Appalachian Mountain range,
dating back as far as 350 million years.
The plateau contains
the world's largest hardwood forested plateau, with
many plants and animals found nowhere else.
Hopefully, this area
will continue to be protected from the coal mining
industry that has been destroying millions of trees
and leveling hills in its wake.
It's very painful for
me to know that beauty such as this is not always
appreciated and protected.