For those of you who only know me as a fiber artist......I had another life prior to picking up a needle. I was heavily involved in cooking. In fact my first published book was a children's cookbook. Daily cooking isn't so much fun anymore, but special occassion or cooking for company really gears me up.
That means we've been dining well. So well actually, that another hike was added to our activities in the hopes we'd burn off some of those extra calories.We visited Mt. Mitchell......as you can see....the elevation is impressive.
The views are breathtaking!!The mountain was named after Elisha Mitchell, a scientist who died in 1857 during his quest to record its height.
My BIL stands next to the declaration that this is the highest peak East of the Mississippi at 6,684 ft.
The little brass circle set within the outline of the state of NC is the exact measurement spot used to make this place famous.Kinda sad but appropriate......Rev. Mitchell was buried right there on his beloved mountain.
I moved to NC 10 years ago and this was my first visit to Mt. Mitchell....though 'the husband' had ridden his motorcycle to the top numerous times. We saw two fellows on bicycles.....not an inch of fat on either of them. The trek up the mountain is not for beginners! I bet they didn't go back home that night have have chocolate peanut butter cream cheese pie with an Oreo cookie crust like we did?? Though they could each have eaten a whole pie with all the calories they must have burned.
No matter where you live.......take a little time to get out and enjoy your surroundings.