7.13.18 … “The turn of the tide of success” —Thomas Jefferson

Wild! OK, Just Hiking with Albert and John, Crowders Mountain NC:

After a nice steady walk up, we hit 300+ steps.

Before we reached the steps, we heard voices from up the cliff. And when we looked we saw several rock climbers. John noted that he hoped they had ropes. They did. Since I have a son who does this both professionally and recreationally, I always say a little prayer.

Once at the top, we had a very nice view and a sip of water for Albert and me. Albert enjoyed his drink.

We then ascended a little higher, to the real top where the communication towers are. The towers and building are surrounded by chain-link fences. Since I know of several engagement proposals that have taken place here, I smiled when I saw the fenced doorway with two padlocks randomly attached. I thought of the Paris bridge that until several years ago was covered in “love locks.“

We decided, ok, I requested, to hike down the longer route via the gravel access road. It was really strange at one point I looked up at a heavily wooded hill and could just envision a revolutionary war battle. I don’t think I’ve ever sensed history like that. There was a significant American Revolutionary War battle at Kings Mountain which is not 5 miles away. So it is possible that there were battles here.

“The turn of the tide of success—Thomas Jefferson called it ‘The turn of the tide of success.’ The battle of Kings Mountain, fought October 7th, 1780, was an important American victory during the Revolutionary War. The battle was the first major patriot victory to occur after the British invasion of Charleston, SC in May 1780. The park preserves the site of this important battle. “

Source: Kings Mountain National Military Park (U.S. National Park Service), https://www.nps.gov/kimo/index.htm


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