Carolyn Ten Broeck is editor of the Williston Pioneer.
We are the same

I've been gone longer than I lived there but there's no doubt my roots are tied deeply to the mountains of Appalachia and the people who live there.

This past weekend, I made a 12 1/2 hour trek back as those vibrant verdant hills beckoned me once more.

They are not the mountains of my childhood where narrow two-lane roads were crammed with heavy trucks carrying even heavier loads of coal.

Once impressive homes are now in a state of disrepair and kudzu blankets abandoned properties.