City to Trails

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


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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!

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Hike 1: Craggy Gardens

I should mention that I created this blog almost 2 years ago. Like I said in my last post I stopped planning anything outdoorsy because I freaked myself out with too much research, which essentially made this blog useless. However, I have now accomplished 4 hikes and it is now time for me to document those adventures.

Sometime in October I managed to convince my amazing better-half, Daphne,  to take me on a hike. Due to my tendency to do overwhelming research I  asked my  better-half if she would pick a place to go hike. I didn’t want anything to tough because it was my first time, a hiking virgin so to speak. Daphne decided on Craggy Gardens.

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On the car ride, look at that goofy face! I’m talking about the dog, of course. Let me introduce you to Ruthie. She will be involved in most, if not all of these hikes 😀

I don’t want to sound too negative,but I was slightly disappointed. I expected rough terrain and a days worth of excercise. I got easy-peasy. Don’t get me wrong, the views were spectacular, but I wanted to feel like the views were my reward for all my hard work. For me it was just too easy and a bit of a let down.

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I’m not saying this is a hike unworthy of your time. It’s definitely something you should do if you have young children or if you just want to take an easy stroll. However, if you want challenging, this is not the hike for you. Even as a completely novice hiker I walk all the time and everywhere because I don’t have a car, so this was just another trip around the neighborhood for me.

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All in all it was a very successful hike. While it left me slightly unimpressed, it also made me hungry for more. More of a challenge. More gorgeous views. More time in the woods. That was just the push I needed.


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The Back Story and the Decision

Asheville, North Carolina is set in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Travel just outside of the city and an abundance of outdoor activities awaits you. Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, camping, white water rafting, you name it and Asheville has it. So, why on earth would a city girl who has no desire to do any of those activities choose to live there?

It wasn’t really my decision to move to Asheville. Yes, I agreed to move, but I wasn’t the one to say “Hey, lets move to North Carolina”. Prior to moving here, I had never stepped foot into the state. I moved with my (now ex) significant other. It was a way to escape from Florida and at that moment in time I was desperate for a change. We sold everything we owned and moved here with no job, no place to live and a very limited plan. It all worked out in the end and now I’ve been here for almost three years, but there has consistently been one problem. I’ve never fully emerged myself in the Asheville lifestyle.

In order to call myself an “Ashevillian” I have decided that I need to act like one. I’ve got a few of them under my belt already. For instance, dancing at the Drum Circle on Friday nights. Check. Learning to hula hoop. Check. And the most important (at least in my eyes) drinking the local brews. Multiple checks. As a matter of fact, I think I’ve mastered that one! But, I’m still lacking in the outdoors department. That is all about to change.