This week I identify with a comment by hiker and blogger Alex Derr who wrote, “I don’t know why mountains lift the spirit so. They just do.”
We are enjoying the spectacular and breath-taking beauty of the fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains. Its enjoyment is amplified by sharing it with our grandchildren, Miles and Katherine, whose child-like wonder warms your heart and brings a smile to your face.
The atmosphere here is wonderful. Miles exclaimed yesterday as we hiked to Laurel Falls, “I love this Tennessee mountain air.” But it’s more than the fresh, crisp mountain air. Novelist Joan Bauer opined “Mountains draw you to a deeper place in yourself.” I think she’s right. Continue reading