Friday, August 5, 2016

Into the Clouds

As my sister and I drove away from Johnson City heading for Roan Mountain State Park yesterday, we had plans to wander around the trails and take some photos. It was a hot summer day with temperatures near ninety.

All that changed as we approached the mountain, which is only about a forty-minute drive from my house. Dark clouds gathered, and the rain began to fall.

Hoping for better weather after lunch, we traveled on to Fosco, North Carolina where we enjoyed a delightful lunch at Eat Crow. Mr. Mickey and I had planned to eat here many times but had never been there yet. I highly recommend it!

The weather did indeed improve after lunch, so up the mountain, we drove.

As we neared the top of Roan Mountain, we were completely engulfed in clouds. As a child, I took great pleasure in being able to reach out and pass my hand through a cloud when we would visit the park on such days.

We continued our hike and the clouds began to disperse.

I have always loved roaming this park alone with my thoughts. This craggy forest has remained mostly unchanged for millions of years. Some of the rare plant life is only found at more than 4,000 feet above sea level on rock outcrops.

A few years ago, I gave away all of my hiking and camping gear and boots since this is something I so rarely get to do now. On this day I made do with what I usually wear to walk in my neighborhood. Knowing the temperatures would dip on the mountain I took a jean jacket with me. It was indeed sixty-five degrees there.

My sweet sister is always well prepared for any outing.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the photos from our wonderful Sister Day in the mountains.

Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!

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Unknown said...

Gorgeous views. Great pictures Susan. I see beauty runs in the family.Thanks for sharing your adventures.

Mom said...

Very beautiful! Hiking is one of our favorite passtimes. We hike in areas of Kentucky that look very similar to the photos you posted. I love idea of 65 degree weather....sounds lovely!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It is a beautiful park. Have you ever been there during the rhododendron festival? It is beautiful when they are in bloom.

belinda said...

Dear Susan, We all love you and tune in each day to see what's up -- regardless if there is a new ensemble or not. After reading your story, I am so glad you have your family around you! Not to mention your biggest fan, Mr. Mickey. Your readers love to see you happy!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Such a beautiful spot! I know you enjoyed your sister time.


Unknown said...

Ahhhh two of my favorites: hiking and sisters!!! ❤️ This

Ann Lee Gibson said...

Maybe my favorite post by you ever. :)

Dawn said...

Beautiful pictures. So glad that you included a picture of your sister since she was with you.

Renee S. said...

Your photos are stunning. They would make lovely artwork. Looks like you two sisters had a wonderful day.

Susan B said...

What gorgeous scenery! I always enjoy being in the woods.

MyLifeInTheBurbs said...

Love these photos of the lush green forest. Thanks for sharing!

Martha said...

What a gorgeous place to hike! We love the NC mountains and you are so fortunate to live close enough to enjoy them. Great sister day! Thanks for sharing.