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Max Patch Trip Report (#21597)

  • Signed By: John Thomas Large
  • Date submitted: February 17, 2009
  • Number of People Encountered:
  • Recommend to a Friend: Highly

In the summers of 1952 through 1954, I was the unofficial gatekeeper for Max Patch. Hollis Rathbone, who looked after the property for the private owner of Max Patch at the time, gave me a key to the gate in 1952 and told me I could charge people to let them drive through the gate. I charged $0.25 for each car.

I spent most of my summertime Sundays on Max Patch. The constant breeze coming up out of the Cocke County Gulf area and flowing over the summit of the Patch into the Little Creek area of Madison County provided constant air conditioning. Most of the time I was all alone on the mountain and I felt very close to God.

The first time I saw the full moon rise over the eastern rim of Spring Creek valley as the Sun set over the Tennessee horizon to the west of Max Patch, I felt very blessed. Little did I dream at the time that God presents this show thirteen times a year on the evening of the full moon. Since then I have been in 26 different countries during the rise of the full moon and I can truly say that seeing the grandure of this monthly event at Max Patch is unique.

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