Our stop at St. Jude’s Chapel of Hope left us subdued and pensive, but, I think….cleansed. But our road trip wasn’t over. We left Trust, driving further into Madison County to find Max Patch, considered by many to be the most beautiful spot on the Appalachian Trail. In fact, it is called the “crown jewel of the Appalachian Trail.” The last part of the journey there was on a curvy, rutted dirt road, made lovelier by the red bee balm, daisies, Queen Anne’s lace, and Turk’s Cap lilies blooming beside it. The good thing about a road like that is that no one can go very fast on it, so it was easy to stop right in the road (there being no shoulder to speak of) and take pictures. (Until, to our astonishment, a UPS truck came careening around the curve, putting a quick stop to our picture-taking).
In the spirit of our subdued and pensive mood that day, I’ll let my photos speak for themselves, though my camera is inadequate to convey the true and breathtaking beauty there. Just one thing: if you get a chance to go to Max Patch—go. By all means, go.
It was well worth the long drive and the dust on our car and feeling a wee bit insignificant in the midst of the sweeping grandeur of Max Patch—to be that much closer to heaven.