I spent the last two immersing myself in the landscape that is Sapphire, NC. Over dinner last night and the subsequent days here I have had more than one person mention to me that there are fairies in the mountains. I’m not one to discount what someone says.
I’m traveling across the country with all of my possessions strapped to a used bike. If someone has a belief, who am I to knock it down and say it’s ridiculous.
Whose the Fairest of Them All
The things we believe in are nestled in our subconscious. They are the result of a culmination of stories, tales, experiences, and interactions with others, who at some point have heard stories or been subjected to similar instances. All of this reinforces the strength of that belief.
Tony Robbins, a renowned personal growth coach, talks extensively on beliefs. Based on what he says, beliefs are a level of strength below convictions.
Convictions are so deeply rooted that almost nothing can shake that deeply rooted feeling we have built around it.
If you ask some of the people here if they believe in fairies, they may tell you yes. Not an admant, “Hell yeah, and if you question me I’ll burn down your house”, but more of a “This is a perfect spot for them, isn’t it?”
If posed that question, I would most definitely have to side with the person who is asking, for what I have seen the past two days makes you want to belive that mystical creatures make areas of the earth like this their home.
Fairies are symbols of magic, beauty, and a stretch of the imagination. The belief in fairies make the experience more than just a stretch of the imagination. They make you feel like you are part of something extraordinary
If you don’t believe me then I challange you to come to Sapphire, NC and see for yourself.
Sapphire: North Carolina’s Hidden Rainforest
I spoke with a local proprieter yesterday about living here. He told me that this area is actually considered a rainforest. That would explain a lot. The lush colors, the diversity of life, the clean air and water all give off that impression.
Residents here want you to think otherwise because the word rainforest naturally gives off the impression that it rains all the time, to which he told me it indeed does. It’s rained one day since I’ve been here.
Sapphire attracts a lot of retirees and the landowners that are selling slices of heaven want the classification of rainforest banned from use in the same sentence as the town.
The past few days I’ve seen the most diverse amount of animals I have ever seen in one place. Snakes, raccoon, possum, woodchuck, beaver, bear, owls, chipmunks and more call Sapphire, their stomping grounds. Seeing them is as exciting as spotting dolphiins surface for air at the beach.
Land of Waterfalls
Sapphire, N.C. doesn’t come by that name casually. Talk to any person here about seeing waterfalls and you’ll get directed to another completely different spot to view some of their favorites. Most people have their perfect “secret spot” reserved for themselves and then have two or three others that they’re willing to show to others. It seems that everyone has their own fairy spot.
The Best Waterfalls
I have been here three days now and have seen five waterfalls. Most of the days I have spent on the computer. I would be willing to bet I triple that number by Sunday night.
Here are a few of my favorite so far.