Mingo County, West Virginia
Thursday 2 June 2005
10:15 am. Slow drizzle. Overcast brushes ridge lines. Foggy mists waft thru the hollows. Wiper blades beginning to tear, scraping and screeching with each pass. Coal train horn blasts and echoes thru the valley. A big wave splashes over the truck. Stop for photowalk in Matewan: the Rotary Club door, a gray street scene, the statue of liberty with torch, Burb's Barber Shop, and the bullet holes in the brick wall - sober reminder of the Massacre of 1920 between striking coal miners and strike busters from Bluefield. Camera got wet.
11:15 am. Depart Matewan west, across Tug Fork River into Pike County Kentucky. Still misting. Continue to fidget with posture to ease seat sores. Drive one handed. Aggressive toothpicking - find and remove pesky husks from last night's stale popcorn wedged under fragile gums.
11:45 am. Stop at Blackberry Fire House. Photograph blackberry blossoms on fence by Blackberry Creek. All this during Blackberry Winter. Scarf cream-filled chocolate cup cake with chocolate icing and little curly white lines on top and gulp diet mountain dew. Splash away. Down the road with puppy breath, a smile and cobbler on my mind.
Blackberry Vol. Fire Dept.
Pike County, Kentucky