Friday, March 30, 2012

He Forgets He Lives With A Maven

I took this picture in rural Greenup County, Kentucky, located in the far north-east tip of the state, in the range of mountains known as the Appalachians. This place was tucked so far up in the hills, on a tiny, winding, two-lane road, that I had to drive 35 mph for almost the entire thirty miles in from the main highway.

I took the picture to get the price of gas. I'm guessing the station has been closed for quite some time, as the price on the sign reads $1.69 per gallon. And that's for super-unleaded.

Even though I lived in Kentucky for a while, I've never spent any time in the eastern part of the state, especially not up in the hills, where everyone is probably kin with one another. I've always been a bit fascinated by Appalachia and have always wanted to explore. And many years ago I learned about the Blue Fugates, which has fueled that interest even more.

Riding the narrow roads through the hills brings to mind every hillbilly stereotype imaginable, many not far from the truth. I didn't see any moonshine stills, but I don't reckon they're too much out in the open anyway. Probably hidden out back behind the barn.

On our way out, Ed was telling me about the brief conversation he had with a few of the local guys working the job site where we unloaded. Then he turned to me and said, "You know...if you lived here, you'd be the smartest person around for 100 miles."

"And that's different from any other day, how?"


No, no, I'm sure he meant it as a compliment.

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Gil said...

Only 100 miles?!?!?!?

Belledog said...

I loved that photo, Ms. Maven.