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quick look at them before heading home?
The entry road is gated now, but I parked
in the shade of a tall, white-flowered
shrub whose overwhelming sweetness
was attracting mobs of bees and driving
them crazy. On my way downhill, a sign
warned me that bears were active in the
area. It didn't stop me. Years earlier, similar signage hadn't dissuaded me from taking a solo loop hike from my cabin up to
Rocky Knob, down to Rock Castle Gorge,
through it and back up.
The cabins were still there, though
empty of the quilt-covered beds I remembered, the kitchen tables and chairs, the
humming refrigerators. The grass had
been mowed or bush-hogged; bleached
piles of it had drifted onto the pavement.
There was the building that had housed
the office and caretaker; there the bathhouse. There was my favorite cabin and
the apple tree beside which some friends
and I had fashioned an ephemeral quilt of
dead leaves, mushrooms, berries, nuts and
apples, the time we stayed here on a threeday writing retreat.
The cabins were a prototype, never

reproduced elsewhere, of one of Abbott's
parkway dreams: of a series of little cabin
groups within a day's walk of one another. Boy scouts and hikers could use
them. He envisioned them as minimally
supplied, with corn shucks to stuff into
ticks, and wood to chop for campfires.
Whenever I spent a night at the cabins,
I always felt Stan Abbott's presence, and

that of Sam Weems, who had acquired
the land they stood on for the parkway.
Abbott and Weems had long since ceased
to be just names to me; they were living,
breathing beings whose spirits seemed to
hover just beyond the lamplight. It was
good to revisit that place, to remember
those times, those men, their dreams, if
only for a minute.

What's missing from this
picture? The signboard for
the turn to the housekeeping
cabins, near Milepost 174.1.

Come get lost

and find yourself

Come explore Patrick County, Virginia. Picnics at a covered bridge or along the Blue Ridge Parkway,
canoe rides, traditional mountain music, artisan studios, local wineries, bed and breakfasts, camping,
hiking, mountain biking, and fishing are just a few of the attractions awaiting you. There is so much
to discover in Patrick County. Visit us and experience the simple life.

www.visitpatrickcounty.org

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