They may not be the bridges of fictional fame in the book of the same name, but I submit that the bridges of Madison County, NC hold as much promise as those Robert James Waller
seeks in the book (then made into a 1995 film of the same name )directed by Clint Eastwood. and starring Eastwood and Meryl Streep.
For those in search of a transition to majestic beauty and sanctuary, some say that there simply is no place like Madison County, North Carolina.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, * Madison County maintains a sense of place the embodies the amazing attractiveness of the sustainable community that lives on from generation to generation.
And the bridges (you see here in photos I shot on this adventure into special crossings)...
tell that story. It is one of a rural county that captures the essence of life as it can be lived in the most simple of ways. Although it is only about half an hour or so from the Cultural Creative's favorite, Asheville, NC, for me, Madison County retains the promise of quietude.
And the bridges become metaphors for timeless crossings in continuity. . .
Here, the winding roads climb along the mountainsides, and here vocal streams call out to you to stop and picnic along their banks...
and here the mighty French Broad and Laurel Rivers test the bridge that spans their widths on the way to town (see French Broad River first photo in this post , and Laurel is just above)
..and then there is the array of bridges. ..small, almost fragile...footbridges and stalwart crossings...
In Madison County, where streams and pastures and coves abound, you may every day come face to face with the realization that in life, on so many levels, we must choose to cross to what lies beyond....
no matter how high or how wide or how challenging the "crossing " may be....
*Western North Carolina (often abbreviated as WNC) is the region of North Carolina which includes the Appalachian Mountains,
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