This blog serves as creative outlet for my (Luke Manget) and my brother’s (Daniel Manget) common passion, the southern Appalachian region. Although we grew up in Conyers, a small town in the Georgia Piedmont, our hearts have always been in the southern mountains. Part of my family tree comes from north Georgia, while another branch has been in eastern Kentucky since the 18th century. We spent our childhood fishing, camping, hiking, and paddling in every peak and valley we could find. We became students of the region, its people, its history, its nature. Feeling drawn back to the region, we both found jobs there after graduating from college, hoping to contribute however we could to the betterment of mountain communities. I worked at a weekly newspaper before teaching social studies at Murphy High School in southwestern North Carolina. Now, I have a PhD from the University of Georgia, where I studied Appalachian environmental history under the renowned Appalachian scholar John Inscoe. See my personal website, lukemanget.com. Daniel has worked as a naturalist and environmental educator for several organizations in and around Asheville. He currently works for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission as an environmental educator at the Pisgah Wildlife Center near Brevard. This blog is not intended for any kind of material profit. It is for ourselves, an outlet for our creativity and a means by which we can expand our understanding of the region, its history, nature, and culture. We also do not intend to treat it as a personal record of events in our lives. Rather, the posts we write are based on personal observation and research and are meant to educate. We hope that as it grows it can serve to widen conversations and expand networks.