When I think of the Appalachian mountain people, I sometimes think of moonshiners and hermits. I also think about my relatives since that is the area they were from and as a kid I remember my Dad pointing to a house and saying a hermit lived there.
Actually the above story is about the Hicks family. Ray Hicks is a renowned Appalachian storyteller.
Since its recognition as a distinctive region in the late 19th century, Appalachia has been a source of enduring myths and distortions regarding the isolation, temperament, and behavior of its inhabitants
The truth is he didn’t like people much, either. What he did like were birds, trees and solitude. His preferred companion was a black buzzard with a broken wing that lived with him in his run-down house on 133 acres. The buzzard apparently didn’t mind that the century-old dwelling had no electricity or running water.
Kleb Woods Nature Preserve, located in northwest Harris County on FM 2920, is open from 7 a.m. until dusk. Visitors may wander among the restored historic farm buildings or take shady trails that lead through towering pine and oak forests and scattered wetlands. A new nature center houses an auditorium and classroom, which attracts groups interested in birding and local history.
f you live in Texas, especially near Houston, you might want to visit this Nature Preserve. http://www.pct3.com/Parks/All-Parks/kleb-park This website has some excellent links for the birds and butterflies found on the preserve.
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I thoroughly enjoyed One Man's Wilderness about Dick Proenneke on CD. As I recalled much of it is excerpts from his diaries. I see that it is also an audiobook on Amazon and it is free if you have the service.