City to Trails

A city girl's journey to the trails of North Carolina


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Weather Woes

I have a serious love-hate relationship with spring. I love when the sun begins to stay out longer, a pleasantly warm breeze drifts through my windows (that I’m finally able to keep open), flowers blooming and birds chirping. There is nothing more breathtaking than seeing the mountains against a bright blue and clear North Carolina sky. Then, the rain begins. I swear, it feels like it goes on forever! I know, I know-April showers bring May flowers. Honestly, though, I could really do without the rain. I would never survive in the Pacific Northwest.

Of course, there are also days like today. I woke up and it was, once again, raining on my day off. Not only was it raining, it was starting to get very windy and very cold. So cold, in fact, that it started snowing. It’s the middle of freaking April! WHY is it snowing?!

Stupid spring! Teasing me with awesome mid 70’s and sunshine, then BAM! Mid 30’s and snow. I’m so over it.

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A Girl and Her Shoes

When I moved to Asheville, I didn’t realize the impact it would have on my lifestyle. I was pretty materialistic before moving here. After all, I came from an area where a local mall contained stores like Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, and Tiffany & Co. Material things were what most people strived for, especially women. Looking back now, I can clearly see how silly those things really are. However, I sometimes find myself longing for the days of getting dolled up and showing off my new digs. These days getting “dolled up” and “showing off my new digs” takes on a whole new meaning.

I. Love. Shoes. I’m not really sure what it is with most women and their obsession with shoes, but I am certainly one of them. And, like most women, I have more shoes than I probably should. Before the move my closet consisted of mostly heels and flip-flops, I did live in the land of the flat, where it is hot all the time, and flip-flops are the norm even if its 40 degrees out. It’s a Florida thang.

So pretty!

So pretty!

What is my favorite pair of shoes? I’m so glad you asked! These little beauties. A gorgeous pair of Cole Haan leather penny loafer pumps. Too cute, right?? Surprisingly, these heels are very comfortable. They are made with Nike Air Technology, which made wearing them for an extended period of time very easy. Seeing as I used to work in an office for 40 hours a week and constantly needed to be in business attire, these were my go-to shoes. I loved them, and I still do. Although, now, they just aren’t practical. I see women, especially tourists, walking around downtown Asheville in heels and I always wonder how comfortable they are. Lets be honest, this town is set right in the middle of the mountains so all your walking is uphill and downhill, heels just can’t be that comfortable. But, who am I to judge.

Now that I work retail for an outdoor outfitter, heels almost seem silly. Almost. I am always fighting the urge to buy a pair of heels just because I say “Ooohhh, these are so cute!” Instead, I say “Oooohhh these are so comfy!”, then I buy them. I have officially traded in my heels for Oboz hiking boots and Chacos. The flip-flops I will never give up, they are still somewhat practical. They are completely practical if they are Chaco Flips!


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Hike 5: Mount Pisgah

Hike five. Wow. It is hard to believe that I’ve done more hiking in the last 6 months than I have in the last 2 years. It’s also hard to believe that I used to look at hiking like a silly hobby of those who are bearded and smelly. Terrible, I know. The important thing is that my mind-set has changed completely.

Today, I hiked Mt. Pisgah, just of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I also hiked it alone! *Gasp* Well, I wasn’t technically alone. Ruthie, my trusty side-kick came with me, of course! If you asked me to describe this hike in one word I would say it was an ass-kicker. I am now well aware of how out of shape I really am.

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My trusty side-kick telling me that I must keep going 🙂

 

Rock Stairs

Rock Stairs

Mt. Pisgah is a really difficult hike. It is a relatively short hike (about 1.5 miles to the top), but it is up, up, up the whole way. There are not many spots where it levels off and you can catch your breath. I was so tired on the way up that I almost turned around and went back down the mountain. Thank goodness for Ruthie. I could tell she wanted to keep going, if it weren’t for her I would have seriously missed out.

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So proud of myself that it totally deserved a selfie!

 

Once you make it to the top there is a HUGE television broadcasting tower that belongs to one of the local news stations, along with a wooden platform that gives you an amazing 360 degree view of the mountains. It is totally worth all the blood, sweat and tears. Okay, okay so that might be a bit dramatic, but there was a lot of sweat!