Laurel Mountain Laurel
The Youghiogheny River (pronounced YAWK-EH-GAIN-EE), the towns and the forests that comprise this watershed have served important roles in my life. The river provided water to the elementary school where I spent my childhood. The hills, valleys and folklore gave me reason to leave the borough where I spent my adolescence; exploring the neighboring counties on late night drives. As an adult, I find sanctuary along the trails that run through the woods which border the river. I return again and again to reflect upon what this river represents and what is has meant, in many different ways, to the people of this region - past and present. It is through this shared history that I feel ever more coupled to this place.