Greetings from Southern Appalachia!
Just came across your thread this morning when I was up early to start the Thanksgiving ritual of seemingly endless cooking. I'm struck by the similarities between the "Northern" and "Southern" parts of Appalachia-both stunningly beautiful and loaded with historical interest.
I'm thinking that our traditional way of dividing the country between North and South is artificial and rooted in political disputes that tend to obscure the similarities. Your thread has me thinking I should get up in that direction for a look around.
Oh, and no need to apologize for the "Eastern Mountains": they're as beautiful as those in the West, but in a completely different way.
Keep up the good work, and let's see some more pics.