Licklog Gap


“Before becoming part of the national forest, the grassy meadows of the region were used as pastures for herds of cattle. Cattlemen would put rocks of salt in holes or cut outs in logs.”

I know a high meadow still used that way. They’ve got a handsome crop of calves coming up. This view is from a little over five thousand feet, where it was seventy degrees and sunny today. Songbirds were singing, a veritable paradise even in August. 


Mike Guenther said...

It's really nice up there. I assume you were on the Parkway?

Richland Balsam Overlook isn't too far from there. Once, me and my brother ended up right below Richland Balsam after taking a ride up Caney Fork to Sugar Creek. Some of it is rough traveling. From the end of the pavement to where we stopped to pick Fraser Fir cones for seed, was seven miles. We could hear the tourists above us at the overlook. On the way back out, we had two flat tires.

Grim said...

Those roads off Caney Fork I would only try with my 4x4 Jeep Rubicon, its winch, and a chainsaw. Officially some of them are state roads, but they’re bare rock and mud trails maintained mostly by hunters and adventurers.

Anonymous said...

Moving the livestock to the high pastures in summer is an old, old tradition. I know some sheep-men in the western US still do it, but I wasn't aware that it also happened Back East.


douglas said...

In the Sierras, every now and then you'll run into an old Basque shepherd with his flock. The tradition does live on as LR states.