In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Places”

Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely?

Some of the best memories I have in my life are from being in the mountains. The mountains, which in a single view are breathtaking as they are enormous. It’s amazing to witness the amazing power of what the earth results in when the crust that floats above the earth’s core can create. Rather these mountains are in the Appalachians, Rockies or the along the Pacific Coast, it is where my soul finds the most happiness in nature.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I personally do not care much for the beaches themselves. They are sandy, hot and I am totally not a flip flop person. I do admit, that when cruising in the Caribbean I am in love with the crystal blue water. Even when I played Assassin’s Creed IV, perhaps one of my favorite in the series, I was mesmerized by the mix of green and blue depths. In Florida, when you go to the beach on the Gulf side, it looks just like sewer water, it is murky and brown. The water on the Atlantic side is better, but nothing that brings me back.

For three years straight, we vacationed up in the mountains up in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I went there to drive my car on US129 or otherwise known as “The Tail of the Dragon” near Deal’s Gap. It is 318 turns in 11 miles, it is a driver’s dream come true. I first went with my Eclipse the first two years, then returned with a 350z in the last year. We met up with a bunch of folks from, a 2000-2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse enthusiast community. Even though I have been a member there since Jan 1, 2002, I am still friends with quite a few of those guys today.

Outside of putting my car through the paces, I really enjoyed the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The natural beauty and the views left an indelible impression on me. There were many times when I was young my parents would drive through these mountains from Memphis to Orlando when we used to come down for Disney quite a bit. I would look out the window always dreaming of returning when I was older to spend more time taking them in.

Something else that I dream of doing is hiking the Appalachian Trail. My intent is to perform a thru-hike and not just do a partial. Although I understand that most hikers drop out before they even cross the border into Tennessee, I believe that if I push through I would do okay. I must separate myself from business, technology and the city. I want to see and experience something that only a handful of people have done. That is a dream of mine, but not sure how I would manage that with my sleep apnea issue. I’m afraid carrying around a battery operated version wouldn’t be very effective for 4-5 months of hiking.

I would be more than happy to settle up in the mountains and live out the remainder of my life in a rocking chair overlooking a babbling brook.

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