We watched the fog creep up from the valley and continue up the mountain where we were staying with a friend. His drive way is straight up on a gravel road. No room for error either on these roads with no shoulder and steep drops into gorges and ravines.
I was reminded of hiking in these mountains when I was in college. I would spend a weekend every once in a while hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Those were the days when I was in love with a graduate student who was a few years older than me. We would camp out under the stars, wash in cold streams, and walk for miles. Once we walked through a patch of nettles which caused our skin to sting and itch. Tending to those spots where the nettles hit against skin was soothing in many ways. We ran naked through meadows, picked wild flowers to put in our hair and made love every chance we got. I haven't seen her in years but still remember that magical time in the mountains.
Now my wife and I make our own magic but without the wild abandonment of youth. Likely there will be some good times because we are going to continue our vacation by going on the boat for a few days starting tomorrow. Off the grid again which is okay by me. A time to chill out and be rocked to sleep on the water.
I just hope that my back feels better--pulled a muscle in the lower back over the weekend and the pressure on the nerve is quite painful at times. I took a muscle relaxer and a hydrocodone pill this afternoon. I don't like to take prescription pain killers, but I was hurting so badly that it seemed the best thing to do.
I picked up Pandora's ashes this morning. She was reduced to a small container. I look for her in the morning, expecting to hear her meow. No more worries over her now though. We can go away knowing that the animals are doing well.
I can feel my eyes getting heavy. The muscle relaxer is relaxing my whole body. Time for sleep. Hope that your week will be a good one. I'll leave you with a few shots of the Smoky mountains.
|Fog over the lake near Robbinsville, NC|
|Old log cabin near Robbinsville, NC|
|Nantahala National Forest|
|Tree of Shame at Tail of the Dragon|
|All kinds of parts and pieces of motor cycles are hung up on this tree at Tail of the Dragon.|