I had been planning a trip to Asheville for weeks, i don’t think i could’ve been any more excited! I was going to get fresh air, hang out with the boyfriend, and get to see the beautiful sights there are to see.
The last day of the trip was the coolest part! We decided we’d hike up to Chimney Rock through the Four Seasons Trail (forgoing the bus that could’ve taken us to the base of Chimney rock – my idea). If i had done my research i would’ve opted for the bus, but i am glad i didn’t. We tackled the 6/10 miles with a 400ft elevation gain trail like champs. Well, he did at least.
The Four Seasons Trail was the hardest part! I was happy, angry, upset, about to pass out, and getting sore the entire 6/10 mile. I wanted to do nothing more than throw in the towel, literally! It was about 85°. It took a little faking myself out to keep pushing through the uncomfortable sweat and thinner air, but i did it!
After almost dropping onto the ground in the fetal position – covering myself with leaves and sticks to save myself from embarrassment, we made our way to the waterfall. It. Is. Gorgeous! I could just sit and stare like i had never seen water before.
Basking in the sunlight slumped on the rocks like sunbathing reptiles we made our way around the upper parking deck onto the stairs that lead us to the Vista Rock. If you looked up you could see Chimney Rock. The rock didn’t seem that far..
I was wrong, sort of. We climbed another 500 stairs to reach the top of Chimney Rock, where we sat on top of the rocks for a spectacular 45 minutes or so just soaking up the view in astonishment of what nature had created in 500 million years (My brain can’t comprehend how long that is)! Looking down you could see Visa Rock too.
I sat in my hotel room after the climb covered in sweat, the kind of sweat that cleanses your entire body. My lungs full of the freshest air i have ever tasted. Mind racing with muscles and joints so tight they are starting to ache from the ascend up to the mountain.
I have never felt more light, in that moment every question i had came through with an answer, the thoughts were set to a purpose. I felt the weight of the world drop from my shoulders.
Lying in bed after a long hot shower i noticed the smile on my face. I wasn’t aware how long it had been there. I realised i had done a lot that day! I hiked to 2,200+feet, ran my fingers through the purest waterfall, climbed and lounged on rocks that had been there for ages and after all that i am still here, with this smile on my face.
All while trying to learn to live in the moment.