Showing posts from October, 2013


Thursday, while out riding my motorcycle I chanced upon the town of Carolina located on the banks of the Haw River in the northern reaches of Alamance County, North Carolina. I've been to Carolina numerous times but hadn't been there in many years.

Carolina is the home to what was once called, Carolina Mills, one of many cotton mills owned by Edwin M. Holt and his family even before the Cone brothers moved to North Carolina to establish Cone Mills. While no longer called, Carolina Mills, the mill established just after the Civil War, is still in operation today, having somehow survived the fall of the Holt Family Dynasty and the death of Burlington Industries.

You'll probably not find Carolina on Google Maps (at least, I couldn't) and it's not listed on the Wikipedia entry of Alamance County communities even though several smaller Alamance County communities are listed. Trust me, it's just a few miles east of Ace Speedway near NC62. Being unincor…

Gator Mountain

Gator Mountain stands near the Carroll County and Floyd County lines in Virginia, to the North of US221, far off the main roads and only accessible via state owned logging roads. I doubt you'll find it on a map.The route to Gator Mountain involves several miles of dirt roads before you get to the road that leads up the mountain. In the winter months, access is only sure via four wheel drive or off-road vehicles. The same is recommended in Summer but most any pick-up truck or other high clearance vehicle could make the summer trek provided the driver is experienced in off-road driving.

That said, many an expensive tire has been ripped open and torn to shreds by the large rocks with which the road is covered. Your motor club won't be sending a tow-truck to get you and depending on which side of the mountain you are on your cell phone might not work. Driving across the mountain can take hours, walking might take days. The local ambulance service depends on locals w…

Not Aspiring To Be Me

Lost To The Multitudes

I used to be one in a million--
there were no more like me
but now I'm one of a million
and over them, I cannot see.


Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountians in the southern portion of Ashe County near the South Fork of the New River and within site of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the community of Obdis, North Carolina is now no more than a dot on the map with only the Obdis Baptist Church-- the site of ever smaller annual family reunions on my mother's side of the family-- and two roads, Obdis Road and Old Obdis Road to remind passers-by that a town of some sort once existed there.

I can only assume the name Obdis to be of Gaelic or Dutch-German origin as the area was first settled by escaped indentured servants of Welch origins from the Jamestown and Williamsburg settlements in Virginia. Later, Dutch-German Quakers would also break the King's laws to move there from Pennsylvania. It might be a Native American name but Native American names are rarely used in North Carolina.

Christmas Tree farms and dairy cattle are common there.

If you'd like to visit Obdis, simply exit the Parkway…