#13: Mt. Mitchell
The Blue Ridge Parkway is in full bloom. You hop on somewhere between Brevard Rd. and Town Mountain Rd. and drive north. Then suddenly you are on top of the world...or at least at the top of the Eastern seaboard's world.
The great thing about living in Asheville is that you are incredibly close to this peak making day trips and picnics an easy activity. No wonder that on my (Jessica) Birthday this year I chose to take the family up to Mt. Mitchell for a educational tour and picnic. The weather went from sunny, to foggy, to rainy and then back to sunny on the descent down from the mountain. I know, I know, it's not a 14er or a Himalayan peak but it is a special mountain with a unique climate and history. It is another world that stands out among the regions ranges and is worth the hike, drive, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, running, snow plowing up to the summit.
Here are a couple of pictures from the Birthday adventure 6,684 ft. above sea-level!