A Mountain and a River

I drove east into the mountains of western North Carolina and spent one afternoon on a mountain and one on a river. There’s probably no other place I’d rather be. Hiking to the top of Craggy Pinnacle through blooming pink rhododendron — cool in June — was inspirational, along with a 360-degree panorama at the top. Mountains all around! The trail was abundant with rare plants, as well as ferns and yarrow.

Paddling down the French Broad, wide and fast-moving with riffles, behind the Biltmore mansion — horses running on a trail beside the river — was energizing. The sky was blue, the sun was hot, and I forgot protection, ending up with bright red legs and arms.


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