My wife and I really love to hike, and we have had the opportunity to hike in some beautiful spots: along the Pacific coast, in the desert, at Yosemite, and many other lesser known spots. Some of the greatest rewards of hiking are the vistas that some trails include, and some of the best I have ever seen are on mountain trails. Today, we hiked along the ridge that goes to the summit of Whiteside Mountain just outside Highlands, NC. The view from 4,800 feet was breathtaking. We have certainly been at higher elevations in other places, but the view today was spectacular, probably because of the mix of sun and clouds and the multiple shades of green introduced by the onset of spring.
I cannot understand people who have no appreciation for the outdoors — for the majestic presence of mountains and seashores, the mighty rumbles of thunder, the magnificent beauty of an ancient tree, a field in bloom, or a rushing river. I look forward to more excursions to follow trails like the one on this mountain, to see open sky and miles and miles of the earth below.