Between the Lines



The past few weeks have been dreary, weather-wise, for Blount County. I usually love rainy weather, but after what seemed like a Seattle-like climate had moved in, I was elated to wake up Saturday to see the sunshine peeking through my bedroom window. It certainly rejuvenated me and gave me a boost of energy.

Although it was chilly, I was determined to climb the recently renovated fire tower at Palisades Park. I had stood at the base and looked up many times, but never had I rolled up my sleeves and took the trek to the top.

It’s a workout to get there and my calves were feeling the burn, but once I made it to the top all that was of no consequence. I had never seen Blount County from that perspective before. High above Heritage Golf, gazing out for miles and miles in all directions, I found myself in a very peaceful moment. The sounds are faint, minus the wind at times, but there is a low hum that filters around you. I am not sure if it was the sound of traffic in the distance or even the sound of leaves rolling over the base of the bluff, but it was lovely.

You can see everything. Mountains, rolling hills, homes, roads and even Cullman. The view puts into perspective our dot on the map and just how tiny we are in relation to the vast expanse of mother nature. I left happy.

Take the family, or just yourself, to the tower one morning. It’s a welcome break from the fast pace our lives seem to have and a reminder of how beautiful home is.

Until next time, I hope you find something new here in Blount County. It’s a good old place to call home.

-Richard Phillips