Posts Tagged ‘Max Patch NC


5.11.17 … a bench that is upheld at one end by a cairn …

Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2017 Labyrinth Walks, First Baptist Church , Asheville NC:

Not what I was expecting… You feel like you’re walking into a sacred space. And not every labyrinth can create such a feeling.

I almost didn’t come to this labyrinth because I assumed it would be a very typical “production” labyrinth. But this one was a perfect despite lots of noise from I240 rush hour traffic right outside the garden’s wall. I actually consider it a blessing.

I’m fascinated with this Baptist Church which is octagonal in shape and has beautiful brick and stonework.

And someone really took the time and effort to make this 2016 labyrinth installation perfect.

I would assume the labyrinth’s stone is local. The designer worked with the stone diligently, with its color, texture, lines… its movement.

I love it that I have a new practice at the center which I just learned this year. It works perfectly well when I am distracted by the beautiful setting of the place.

Today I considered what I believe “sacred” means. Quite a different contemplation from yesterday’s contemplation of “weeds.”

As I walk, I noticed another little special area over in the corner; so of course, I have to go over and look in that little nook before I leave…

And don’t you love the bench that is upheld at one end by a cairn?

And what else did I do on this visit?

Max Patch!

“Max Patch is a bald mountain on the North Carolina-Tennessee Border in Madison County, North Carolina and Cocke County, Tennessee. It is a major landmark along the Tennessee/North Carolina section of the Appalachian Trail, although its summit is located in North Carolina. It is known for its 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, namely the Bald Mountains in the immediate vicinity, the Unakas to the north, the Great Smokies to the south, and the Great Balsams and Black Mountainsto the southeast. A small parking area is located near the summit with a short loop trail.”

Source: Wikipedia


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May 2020