When I Was 69

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Monday, September 9, 2019

On top of old (Mt Mitchell)

Once again I huffed and puffed my way to the top of this summit. It's a long drive (well, a bit more than an hour) from Black Mountain...go along the Blue Ridge Parkway then up 2 miles of steep incline in the State Park.  But the last 100 yards you walk up a very steep incline. Fortunately there are rest benches about every 50 feet.

 My friend has had one knee replaced, and is scheduled for the other one this next week!

 Looking up from about the halfway point, where there's a 180 degree turn.

 There are many dead spruce and fir trees on Mt. Mitchell.

 Being able to see the summit helps when puffing up that last incline.

 Catching one's breath at 6684 feet, where the air is a bit thinner than Black Mountain (2400 or so).

My friend came from Tampa FL, so she's used to about 20 feet above sea level!


  1. Hello, lovely views from your visit to the peak. I like the last photo of you and your friend with the peak sign. Happy Monday, wishing you a great day and happy new week!

  2. Happy Monday to you too! We had lots of fun on our trip! I noticed a day later my brakes are beginning to make noise...wonder if all the use while coming down the switchbacks had anything to do with it!

  3. ...with every passing day a bench is a welcomed sight.

  4. What a nice hike to the top of Mt. Mitchell. Nice photo at the sign with your friend,


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