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Driving up Mount Mitchell

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The highest peak east of the Mississipi. Thats the description given for Mount Mitchel at 6600 something feet. It is not tall by American standards - and there is road - the Blue Ridge Parkway which runs to within 10 minutes walk of the very top! Unfortunately, the weather stopped us being able to do that - and we had to turn back as the local sheriffs had closed it due to snow.
The 3 of us that travelled, got some incredible views across the Appalachians, though - the trees are supposedly in their full glory at the moment - and though the sun wasn't shining to really pick out the colour, it was still worth the climb (by car...).
We did do a short "hike" to a waterfall close to the highway. It seemed hard to find any substantial walks to do for some reason. I don't yet understand how to access large areas to just walk and get out into the country here. There is not the same public access laws we get to enjoy in the UK. Being abroad always makes you appreciate certain things more when you miss them! I know that Emma and I will experience that even more when we are in Kenya.
We ended up in Asheville's mall looking for shoes for big Dan from England and for presents that he wants to take back to friends. In Walmart, I went to find Hershey's kisses which are really tasty little choclates in silver wrapping - and candy corn - sweets that look like little corn kernels that come out at Thanksgiving time.
Talking about Thanksgiving, I want to say thanks for those that are taking an interest in Emma and me and what we believe God is calling us to. Thank you for your supportive messages and kindness and prayers and even just a passing thought about us. We really appreciate it.
Sunday - will be another story about the African - American church experience...

Posted by africraigs 22:00 Archived in USA Tagged tourist_sites

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