A new book by William A. Hart Jr., “3000 Miles in the Great Smokies,” recounts the tales he collected in 40 years of hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains. A sampling was posted in the Citizen-Times of Ashville, NC:
The tale then turns to Rose’s stature as a wilderness boss and to a woodland expedition he made with a friend.
As was the habit, Quill and his companion sought lodging at a cabin along the trail. That night, several young men staged a rough fight to intimidate the new guests.
“After the sham battle had raged for a few moments,” Hart records Jenkins saying, “Quill pulled out his long-barreled pistol and called to his friend: ‘John … let’s kill these SOBs before they hurt themselves.’” The fighting stopped.
Something about living in the woods produces a “let’s cut the crap” perspective.
Hart has a couple appearances booked at western Carolina literary establishments.
- 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 23: book signing at The Captain’s Bookshelf in Asheville (click for Google map).
- 7 p.m. Saturday, October 17, reading and discussion at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, NC (a burg west of Asheville in the Nantahala National Forest (click for a Google map)
I could almost talk myself into checking out that Sylva event: it’ll be prime fall color time up in the hills.
(Hat tip to the Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog for news of the book’s release)