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Wordless Wednesday: In my mind, I’ve gone to (North) Carolina…

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The rhododendron tunnels in the South reminded me of something from The Secret Garden.

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I loved the undulating valleys of the Southern Appalachians.

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To walk north with springtime is to see the mountains at their finest and prolong my favorite season of the year.

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Two and a half years after I took this picture, the memory of that cool, crisp, North Carolina mountain air still gives me goosebumps.

 

Wordless Wednesday: More from North Carolina

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In North Carolina, the Appalachian Trail is beautiful and well-maintained.

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In southern North Carolina in late April, signs of spring are everywhere, even in the hills.

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It was so exciting to walk through my first of many “balds” (high elevation meadows) to come.

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The mountains of North Carolina were awe-inspiring, but they also somehow felt safe and friendly. I loved it there!

 

Wordless Wednesday: Entering North Carolina

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This iconic tree sits near the border of Georgia and North Carolina.

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The rhododendron thickets along the trail in North Carolina are so thick that bushwacking would be nearly impossible.

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As I walked through North Carolina, I couldn’t help noticing that springtime was on its way. Each day seemed just a bit greener than the one before it.

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The Southern Appalachians are spectacular in all their rugged, not-smoothed-by-glaciers beauty.