“There is nothing more eloquent in nature than a mountain stream.”

— John Muir, describing the Emory River along the northern Cumberland Plateau as he journeyed to the Gulf of Mexico in 1867 — the first mountain stream he had ever encountered.


Hi, I’m Ben Garrett. I am a journalist from East Tennessee — publisher of the Independent Herald, a weekly newspaper serving the Big South Fork region of the Cumberland Plateau, with a sideline in website development and digital marketing. I am also an erstwhile blogger. Mainly, I’m just trying to see the world as John Muir saw it when he hiked across the Cumberland Plateau to the Gulf of Mexico in 1867.


The latest…

A few things that have been on my mind recently…

The rest of the blog…


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Some recent posts that I want to highlight…

Places I’ve left behind

The very first outdoors column I published in our weekly newspaper. I had published some pieces in various regional outdoors publications, but this was my…
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