Porch Living in Boone, NC in Summertime

One of great joys of summer living in the high country is the way we use our decks and covered porches.  Come mid-May through mid-October and on every fine day in winter you won’t find us inside our homes.  In summertime we live out on our decks.  You’ll seldom notice screened-in porches like down “off the mountain.”  That’s because up here above 3000′ elevation we don’t suffer from the common maladies of the piedmont – heat, snakes and bugs.  It’s rare for us to get into the 90s up here.  Poisonous snakes are rare as well favoring the hotter climes down below.  Perhaps the biggest blessing of the three is the lack of insects, especially mosquitoes.  And that’s why you won’t see screens.  Most of us don’t even have air conditioning but use fans for the occasional stuffy night.  Most summer nights you’ll sleep under blankets. Indeed right now on July 4, 2012 it’s a glorious time of year in the high country.  And it’s appropriate on Independence Day to celebrate the iconoclasm of moving to the mountains.  People who live here have a tradition of independence.  The “Over-Mountain Boys” fought in the crucial Revolutionary War battles of Kings Mountain and Cowpens, trudging over 300 miles to fight for freedom.  Seven generations later their descendants still reside here and are easily riled by government encroachments like county zoning.  We took our own path of independence to these mountains in October of 1994 when my wife and I settled here from Chicago with our five small kids.  As Robert Frost said, “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”  What a wonder it is to imbibe with your daily breath the beauty of the high country.  Come to Boone, NC and join us in celebrating the American spirit of independence.

This photo came from the deck of this fine home in Bethel in the western part of Watauga County which we are proud to represent.

About Bob de Camara

I've been an aficionado of the high country since arriving from Chicago 20 years ago. The beauty blossoms in the contrast! Second only to my affection for the mountains is my enjoyment of sharing their magic with friends.

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