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We live in the heart of the original Cherokee nation. During the infamous Trail of Tears, many of the Cherokee hid out in our mountains to avoid the forced march and today that group’s ancestors live on the Qualla Boundary – the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation reservation. Because of that heritage, many legends and names live on today (including Cheoah, the Cherokee word for Otter and the official name of our own Cheesewhiz the Siberian).
One of the legends is of a fierce, slant eyed giant called Judaculla. Judaculla lived in the Richland Balsams (one of our favorite hiking areas) but held court in a cave in a nearby mountain. Thus, that mountain’s official name is Whiteside Mountain, but it is more commonly called Devil’s Courthouse (which is actually the name of just the rock outcropping – not the whole mountain). Today’s pictures all come from a day at The Devil.
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The Queen and Decorum
Even after a long hike, a Queen must always avoid a fashion faux pas like, say, an out of place tongue. No, the Queen and Decorum are intact.
Wooo what a great place for a walk, it looks beautiful.
Those views are awesome! (Especially a rather fluffy Rusty – ha woo!)
But I thought you guys lived in NC?!? So what’s with the Devil’s Courthouse? According to that Charlie Daniels guy, the Devil went down to GEORGIA! So… what’s his courthouse doing in NC? I’m so confused!
Awesome view! Thanks for sharing the history behind the place. Have a good weekend.
There is just something extraordinary about the views when you’ve hiked to the summit and take those first looks around as you catch your breath! What a beautiful vista.
Lovely views! And I see some plucking in Rusty’s future.
We love that trail. Great view with not so much effort. My husband will soon be able to be back on the trails. I just know that one of these days the Golden Girls and the Thundering Herd are going to run into each other.
What a great place to go for a hike. No wonder Qannik was bored on Wednesday:) We are glad you didn’t scare us like KB did and show Rusty leaping over a big rock.
Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara
That looks like an amazing place!
Thank you for teaching us a bit more about where you live – we love learning stuff like that 🙂
Licks and lots of slobber,
Lexi and Jasper the Danes
Those are great views. I miss being able to get out hiking!
Beautiful scenery, but we also wonder what was rustling in the bushes.
Anyone interested in more info about the Trail of Tears has only to read the March issue of Smithsonian Magazine. Andrew Jackson was portrayed as a narrow minded Indian hater and some are suggesting his likeness be removed from the $20 because of what he did, and replaced with an Indian.
More interesting facts of the times!
Jo and Stella
Amazing place!!! What great hike, and trememdous views! So much history. Thank you for taking us on this incredible hike with all of you!
I’m rockin’ out to Khyra’s tune… that’s some rock there! oh and Rusty is sure lucky not to live with me. i cannot resist harvesting that pluck!
Rusty, Khyra is right–you better get ready! We’ve already started the fun w/Maddox here. Ugh, fur EVERYWHERE. UGH.
And nowhere beautiful to go. Mom hates walking us around here so much that we just play hard in the backyard which fortunately is huge, and we love it. She would give anything to live somewhere beautiful like that!!!
Gah! You threw in that floof shot just to drive us mad!
That place looks beautiful, and I love places with history like that. It makes things seem so interesting and ancient. You have some of the prettiest places to hike to there!
Mom’s fingers are twitching –
Watch it Rusty – the plukhking is khoming!
PeeEssWoo: Mom says something about an earworm – but I’m sure woo knew it was khoming
The mountain views are breathtaking. Are those the Smokey Mountains?