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View Poll Results: Which is your favorite: Rocky or Appalachian mountains
Rocky 186 57.59%
Appalachian 137 42.41%
Voters: 323. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-09-2009, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Memphis, TN Metro Area
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Appalachians for me...the seasonal changes are awesome, with colour in the fall and dark green in the summer. There is so much to do up and down the Appalachian Trail, with many historical sites and sites of natural interest. Unfortunately, this mountain chain is quickly becoming endangered from mountaintop removal coal mining. Here's a site to check it out:

iLoveMountains.org - End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
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Old 05-09-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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The Rockies just aren't green. They are boring with their huge swaths of monoculture forest.

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Old 05-09-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: IN
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The Appalachians are more livable day to day compared to the Rocky Mountains- which experience rather extreme changes in the weather.
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Old 05-09-2009, 09:34 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I choose the Porcupine Mountains.
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Old 05-09-2009, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Mile high city
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The Rockies just aren't green. They are boring with their huge swaths of monoculture forest.

Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir! Hey a Douglas Fir!


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Well they looked green when I saw them today...
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:10 AM
 
Location: City of Bridges
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The Appalachian Mountains are the only ones I've been in. I've never had the opportunity to travel but will say that the size of a mountain does not attract me. That is not to say that if I'm ever out west that I will not look up at the Rockies in utter awe and hope to see what there is. I do not, however, want to mountain climb.

Day trips were always taken a few times a year to the State Park Ohio Pyle. There was white water rafting, nature hiking, nature water slides, waterfalls, historical landmarks, fossils, and just lush lush forest and the smell... ahhh. I remember as a wee child I use to hunt for gnomes under mushrooms. The Appalachians make me think of fairytales and nightmares rolled up into one. It could make one's imagination soar with creativity.

I believe my dad hiked part of the appalachian Trail when I was younger but I forgot how much. I'd have to ask my mom.

I'm curious, what state would be the best to visit the Appalachians in? Not so much as a camper and defiantly not as a hiker, but more of a nature observer?
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Gotta go with the Rockies as a Colorado native, the San Juan Range in the southern part of the state is amazing as well. Was just up in the Rockies two days ago near Breckenridge.. still an abundance of snow up there.
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Old 05-10-2009, 01:14 AM
 
Location: British Columbia.
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The picture speaks for itself. Rockies rule over the applachians. And whoever said they were not green? Evergreens stay green year around.

http://www.dirjournal.com/info/wp-co...an_rockies.jpg

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Old 05-10-2009, 01:18 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Nice pic. xxClimberx
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Old 05-10-2009, 01:35 PM
 
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I like them both. I probably sway towards the Rockies and I grew up in Vermont, but it's a very tough choice.I consider Vermont's Green Moutains part of the apps. One thing Vermonts moutain areas really has over the Rockies is picturesque, quaint, small towns. I have not explored the Southern apps...but the Berkshires, Vermont and New Hampshire have all these really cute Norman Rockwell-esque small towns nesteld in the in the mountains. With the old fashioned downtowns, beautiful centuries old farmhouses and dairy farms, church steeples, Victorian houses, etc.... I traveled extensively from New Mex to CO to WY to MT...and the towns are nowhere near as quaint as New England. There is more nasty spawl in the western towns and they have a harder edge. Or they are ultra rich ski resort tourist towns (Aspen, Jackson). The other thing that is much better about the apps is the surrounding fresh water lakes. The Rockies are very arid and do not have as pretty, tree lined recreational lakes as do Upstate NY, Vermont, NH, etc... There is much more water in the apps. And the tree diversity is better in the apps. Yes there are nice alpine lakes you can hike into in the Rockies, but they are not the same as the accessible public lakes for canoeing in the Apps in Vermont and Upstate NY.But the Rockies have an incredible grandeur. The way you can see vast distances with snow capped peaks in the distance is so striking. And that vast, open, intangible feeling of the American West. Places like Whitefish/Glacier area of MT, the San Juans in southern CO, the Grand Tetons...are truly a sight to behold. The one area of the Rockies I've found with the nicest public access freshwater lakes is the Whitefish MT area. Also, all you have is conifers, conifers, conifers in the Rockies which gets boring. And you also have the devasting wildfires in the summer months in the Rockies which the Apps don't have.
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