The Swag

October 27, 2012

Details From Deener

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Swag @ 5:39 pm

 

Tommy Little and his wife Debbie have been coming to The Swag for many years.  Each year he writes a poem during his stay with us.  Enjoy his tribute below in recognition of our 31st season.  The painting is by Asheville artist, Ann Vasilik.

 

 

STILL  SWAGGIN’ AT  THIRTY ONE

(A Tribute to The Swag Mountaintop Inn)

We come every year to see her, to make sure she’s o.k., holding her own. 

And she always is, waiting anxiously for her streams of guests in that old home spun dress. 

You know, the one she borrowed from Lonesome Valley Primitive Baptist. 

I love that dress, the one that catches my eye from the last gravel switchback.

 

She always keeps the old Blue Spruce out front to watch for us,

waving its branches laden with its weight of deep green years and lichen.

 

“Ya’ll come on in”, she always calls, wiping her hands on the apron of her porch. 

“There’s supper in the kitchen and a fresh bed made. 

It’s so good to see you again. 

I always miss my friends. 

They keep me going, you know.”

 

Then my heart warms when I reply,

“My dear old mountain home with your old homespun dress, wear it well. 

 Wear it a long, long time. 

We’ll be here every year to check on you.”

 

 

 

October 19, 2012

Details by Deener

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Swag @ 2:49 pm

SWAG GUESTS ENJOY “HISTORY HIKE” ON “THE BOOGERMAN TRAIL”

Doug and Kathy Peters, Swag event leaders for our last week in September, led enthusiastic guests Larry and Caroline Thompson from Snellville, Georgia, Chuck and Carol Murray from Elm City, North Carolina, and Dean McCumber from Durham, North Carolina on a unique hike in Cattaloochee Valley on The Boogerman Trail.  The seven and a half mile “History Hike,” was highlighted by Doug and Kathy’s narrations of descriptions of life in the Cattaloochee Valley in the early 1900′s before formation of the Park.

Robert Palmer, also known as The “Boogerman,” was the grandson of George Palmer who, according to “History Hikes of the Smokies” by Michael Strutin, moved his family to isolated Cattaloochee Valley in 1848.  He and his family thrived in Cataloochee  and became leaders in the Valley.

The Boogerman Trail traverses approximately 250 acres owned by Robert Palmer which still contains rock walls, old fields, and remnant homesites.    Due to the Boogerman’s refusal to allow logging on his land, the hike is an incredible walk through old-growth forests with many stately trees and numerous stream crossings over foot log bridges.

Doug Peters, also our singer/songwriter at the Swag , entertained guests following dinner with his original song “Bridges on The Boogerman Trail” which contains the following lyrics so deftly expressing the importance of The Boogerman’s efforts to preserve these treasures and our responsibility to follow in his foot steps:

Some things in life we treasure

Some things we forsake

And in the end how much should we give

Or should we take?

And what will be our story

That our children’s children tell?

And will tall trees still be growin’ across

The bridges on The Boogerman Trail?