Notes on Quotes: Hiking the Bartram Trail and the Silencing of Mother Tongues
“One language dies every 14 days.” Russ Rymer, National Geographic
We were hiking the Wallace Branch section of the Bartram Trail, which is named after William Bartram, a naturalist, who explored much of the Southeast from 1773-1777. The Bartram Trail is well maintained but not as heavily hiked as the Appalachian Trail. The Wallace Branch section begins in Macon County, NC and is classified as moderately difficult because it goes upward at a steady pace. We hiked two miles to William’s Pulpit before hiking back to our car. There is a cascading water fall near the beginning of the trail and a footbridge over the creek that has for many years been a favorite place to sit and talk. Fringed orchid, Carolina lily, flame azalea, rose hips, and crown vetch can be found along the footpath.