I just spent the better part of a week in West Palm Beach, Florida with my extended family as part of the Kentucky Bankers Association's 125th Convention. The KBA, as you may know, has been a loyal supporter of Our Mountains since we began, and I was able to provide a video for them to show to the bankers in attendance featuring photos from their archives. For the music, we featured Rhonda playing the dulcimer and our old friends from Alice Lloyd, the Voices of Appalachia Choir, singing My Old Kentucky Home. It was great to share a little about what we do with the leading bankers in the Commonwealth; plus a week in Palm Beach wasn't to bad either. But driving back into East Kentucky on I-75 last night, I was so excited to be home. The leaves aren't quite starting to change, but I noted that at 7:30 last night, the sun was well behind the mountains. Stopping for gas outside of Mr. Vernon, the air was still hot, but the slightest hint of a fall breeze was there to let you know that Summer may in fact be over. It hit me that I had truly missed being in Our Mountains.
It is easy to take for granted how fortunate we are to live in the mountains of East Kentucky. We always seem to focus on the negatives about living here, but in many ways it is a paradise! While in Florida, my sister and I were checking out at a grocery store and the young man bagging our stuff asked where we were from because we clearly don't have the South Florida accents. When we said "Kentucky" his first question was "Is Appalachia as beautiful as it seems?" This man has lived across the country and told me that Appalachia seems like the most beautiful place. And he is right. I was mere steps from what has to be the most breathtaking view on the Atlantic Coast at West Palm Beach, Florida and it doesn't hold a candle to these mountains in the fall.
So this got me thinking, "What is the most beautiful place in Our Mountains?" I'd love to film some of them for the show and let people see the beauty of our region. Let us know where to find the most amazing views and we'll take our cameras there to capture them! Comment here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!