Luckily our drive to Mount Mitchell was much less eventful than the drive we had just finished to Sassafras Mountain. Anne's patience must know no limits because she was still on board with hitting North Carolina's highpoint after the South Carolina disaster.
I am glad she did too because this drive was a classic drive down a beautiful, historic highway ending with a sunset on the top of a mountain! There is only one way to get to Mount Mitchell and it is along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a national parkway and part of the US National Park Service. As we drove along, I felt just like I was back on the AT in Vermont. Thick forested, damp, green mountains which hug and almost suffocate you and then unannounced lay out a spread of beautiful views for the taking. Although it was beautiful, we didn't have a ton of extra time because the state park (and the summit) closed at 9:00pm and we were pushing the deadline.
We eventually pulled up into an empty summit parking lot at 8:45pm just behind the park ranger who was up there to close things up. He let Soren and I walk the couple hundred yards to the summit where we snapped a couple of pictures and soaked in the sunset before jumping in the car and heading out at 8:59pm!
Although we will be within striking distance of the highpoints of West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania tomorrow, I think it would be wise to call it a week and make that trip another day.....
...... on to our family's new life in New York!!!!