The mountains have been slowly changing sice they were pushed up.
We all see them differently. The early settlers saw barriers where folks roar through on Interstates.
Where "no one in their right mind" would build a house folks are building them so they can have a view. In the old days being close to water and land that could be tilled for vegetables was more important.
If you read the section in "Cold Mountain" about the "goat lady" I'd bet she could have lived near Dendron or Coleman.
Some people look at the mountains and see beauty. Funny thing about that "beauty" you can find it even when looking at scenes that upset some folks. It's just a matter of perspective.
Some wise old guy once said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Maybe some folks are blind. Maybe some folks are just plain mean-spirited."
The mountain will be there long after I'm gone. When all is said and done mountains just sit there.