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  •  I'm in what used to be a cove (0+ / 0-)

    going into a valley next to Heartbreak Ridge, which runs all the way to Pinnacle, next to Mount Mitchell in the Black Brothers. Highest mountains east of the Mississippi. Cove got cut off over a hundred years ago with a 'wall' that was considered one of the Wonders of the World for awhile - NS rail grade over the continental divide, it's more than 200 feet tall and wide enough to carry a passing set of 'loops' - like a hundred yards or more.

    The cabin's just as old, was originally sawmill for back when it was just trestle (later destroyed by a flood from the high country, so they blasted some rock and replaced it with that). Have a half-basement where the bathroom is. Fully earth-sheltered on three sides, open ground-level to the back - toward the wall. If things get really gnarly, I hide in the bathtub.

    And we have had a few tornadoes come up the valley over the 20 years we've lived here. One hit the wall head-on and leapt over us to the ridge. A twister would literally have to drop on top of us to get us, but having grown up in Oklahoma, you get pretty philosophical about such things. I like it much better here!

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