One of my absolute favorite things to do (aside from being with my granddaughters) is hike with our dogs. I am certain it is their favorite part of the day, and if I get too busy to take them, well it’s obvious that “mom” has fallen down on the job. Una, pictured here, is our two-year-old German Shepherd and hiding behind us is our 12 year old English Bulldog, Roxie.
When we go on our early morning stroll through the woods, I love the filtered sunlight and branches that brush me with dew drops. It’s my quiet time to reflect on the upcoming busy day, take stock in the beauty around me and chuckle at the dogs chasing after squirrels.
Since we decided on this yellow buckeye nut cover, I’ve been looking on our trails for my own good luck buckeye to tuck into my pocket. We hope you, too, like our cover image. The photographer Vicki Dameron mentioned that to her, the image represented autumn, water, new birth . . . life. To me, this image represents how a small seed can grow into something massive. One small buckeye can become a tree as tall as 90 feet and up to two to three feet in diameter. Nothing short of amazing.
With our beloved Woolly Worm festival celebrating 40 years, I’m humbled by the one little seed of an idea that Jim Morton had four decades ago to race woolly worms on strings. Thanks, Jim. Your idea has attracted people to the High Country from all over the state and beyond, and has brought in thousands of dollars each year to give back to the community. One little seed, nothing short of amazing.
In this issue, you’ll see businesses highlighted throughout; each and every one of them has had that original thought, that idea that launched their business. As CML magazine continues to celebrate our 20th anniversary, we also celebrate those businesses that have been showcased on our pages for years. They have worked hard to provide products and services, to grow communities, to create destinations that inspire people to share with others, “I dined there, I shopped there, I visited and stayed there . . . and I’ll be back.”
Thanks for picking us up, and enjoy the many small gifts this season has to offer.
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