Wilkesboro, North CarolinaJanuary 9, 2011 No Comments
Wilkesboro and N.Wilkesboro are twin towns on the foothills of the Appalachians in North Carolina, about 30 miles south of Boone. The thought of this place warms my heart and energizes me because it’s where I spent the first few years of my life in the USA. It’s a lovely, scenic town with plenty of parks, creeks and nature trails and a silence about it that I just love. Every season leaves its signature touches on the town and I could spend hours just watching the trees from our windows and marvelling at how nature painted them shades of pink, green, brown and white, like clock work, year after year.
Anyway, we went back to visit friends in Mooresville, and just couldn’t return without driving to Wilkesboro. Nothing much has changed – if anything, it’s become even quieter and even more deserted, after a major home improvement moved its headquarters away from there. But, it still made us feel like we were back home. The Kerr Scott Resevoir, the Greenway trail, the scenic 421 highway were all the same, welcoming us in their silent way. Not many outsiders fell in love with Wilkesboro the way I did and not many of our friends understood what drew us to the town. Whatever it was, it’s very much real and still very powerful, for I can’t wait to go back there again.