The best medicine I know of doesn’t come in a small shape, but instead in a vast expanse of beauty seen from the top of my favorite mountain. Needing a break from the computer and inspiration to pen this note, I headed up Hwy 221 from Linville to one of my favorite places on planet earth—Grandfather Mountain.
Bundled and ready to get out and climb up to the swinging bridge, I was greeted with a brisk 39-degree wind that had me emulating the trees atop the mountain. Even my six-foot stature was eager to hold the handrails as I leaned into my climb up the stone walkway to the crest of the mountain. It reminded me of how John Muir used to climb and lash himself to the tops of the trees during storms in Yosemite to understand and feel what the trees endured through various weather conditions.
The sense of communing with nature could not have been more real as I took in not only my immediate surroundings of rock outcroppings and evergreens forever tilted to the southeast, but the vast expanse of blue mountains in varying shades stretching as far as I could see. I announced out loud, “I absolutely love this place—how blessed to come commune here on this sacred mountaintop. To find peace and renewal.” Even my Fitbit signaled a calm in my heartrate. This trek to the top always proves to be the best prescription I have ever been given.
As with any trip to Grandfather, I stopped on my way down to visit my friends, the otters. They were swimming and doing backflips to entertain a busload of students from Burke County. Just watching the smiles on their young faces gave even more credence to the importance of being outdoors, respecting nature, and being grateful for all that it provides for us.
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