I'm thinking I need to get neno in motion again, but have no idea which direction he needs to go. It seems prudent to gather up some of the crew, and
at the moment only Sslar and ErnieBen are unoccupied, I believe, but don't recall exactly where last they were left. I'll have to dig into that.
Mouth of Daugherty's Cave
36°56'04.11" N 82°03'40.73" W
36°57'12.26" N 82°01'27.29" W
These falls are a cascade of 3 falls. They flow across 3 benches of rock, forming 3 waterfalls They are right at the foot of River Mountain, and any
passageway behind them would go directly back into the mountain. In the real world, there is no such passageway, but the hills leading up to the
mountain from them are shot full of sink holes, so they ARE hollow. No telling what 300 years may bring. I'm nominating them for The Falls in the
story, leading in to the underground.
Oddly, going up from the falls to the mountain ridge would take Dag and Brittle just past the little cabin where neno is sitting yakking with the
witch Gert. How's that for ships passing in the night? Once on the mountain ridge, directly ahead, past Elk Garden and on the easterly end of Brumley
mountain, between it and Beartown, is a "gap" ("Hayter's Gap") leading through the mountain down into the Holston Valley on the other side. at
the other, Westerly end of Brumley Mountain is another gap, "Little Moccasin Gap", leading to the same valley at Abingdon. Even further southwest
along the ridge is the 3rd gap, Big Moccasin Gap. That's the one the Wilderness road went through on it's way to the Cumberland Gap and onward to
Kentucky. In those days, the "Main Rod to Clinch" ran through Hayter's Gap, into Elk Garden where there was the first encountered of a string of
forts along Clinch.
36°53'34.23" N 82°07'51.61" W
The largest cave mouth in the region. This is the cave that dye was poured into which came out at Daugherty's Cave, showing that they are in fact
connected underground. back in the day, there was another fort near here, called "Glade Hollow Fort".
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The cave where I saw the underground river. It's the cave that the long hunters came out of when they went into Daugherty's Cave to escape from
indians, so it seems that it too is interconnected into the same cave network.
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Also called "the Grand Canyon of the South" by promoters. It's a sight to behold, but pretty darn pale in comparison to the real Grand Canyon.
Going to it in Google Earth, there are several photos linked to the area to give you an idea of what it looks like now. It comes to mind because of
the relative proximity to the Olis Spread, and because Silo made specific mention of a nearby canyon in one of her posts. It is where the Russell Fork
River cuts through Pine Mountain, and would be a natural avenue of approach to the Olis place and the town near it from where the rest of the
36°40'05.90" N 82°24'48.07" W
This is just for grins and giggles. It's where Johnny Cash's wife, June Carter, was raised, and is not far from Big Moccasin Gap. The family still
has a big music and dancing shindig there every Saturday night, but it's been about 4 years or so since I've been to it. My folks used to go down
there pretty often. Yup, "down" there. In the mountains, "down" tells you which way the land lays, and is determined by water flow - from "up"
to "down". "Down" actually IS down, not "south" as most folks see it on a map. we lived in the higher mountains, north of here, so it's
"down" either way.
The panoramic view from neno's rock will be showing up in Google Earth before long. It's been accepted, after a little work on it, and will probably
be in the next batch of pictures Google adds.
That's today's geography lesson.
Not sure which way neno needs to go from here. I'm thinking hard about running in to Sslar and Ben, getting a couple of horses, and heading for the
Breaks, towards the Olis place. The badlands would likely start on the far side of Pine Mountain, it being a natural barrier, and the wasteland at
some indeterminate place beyond the Border Lands there. The Breaks is the closest natural avenue from "here" to "there". I'm just not sure yet
what "logical" ( as logical goes) reason would send them off towards Silo yet, though.