I had a great weekend, but Monday at work has started off badly.
I hate it when that happens! Oh, nevermind, I’m not going to talk about that right now.
My weekend was so awesome that I’ll concentrate on that and try to put my Monday (work-related) issues aside for another blog entry later.
First, I went to visit my 85-year old Dad this weekend. He lives in the mountains of western North Carolina. We had a terrific time together and I know he is always very glad to see me. Especially since he lost Mom last year and is now living alone.
We took in a college football game which turned out great since our team WON in the end! We spent the entire day together and it was nice to get him out of the house and doing something fun.
I also got to witness the birth of my newest niece who came into the world on Thursday evening at about 6:40 pm. This was particularly special since she is named for my Mother who passed away recently. Welcome to the world little Mary Ellis!
And finally, I got to fulfill a promise I made about 30 years ago that one day I would climb Whiteside Mountain and hike the rim of this imposing granite edifice, with it’s 1,000 foot sheer drop offs and endless views in all directions.
This is the way Whiteside looks from a distance. You can see it from the highway below and you just know that if you ever got up there it would be spectacular!
Most people probably would not believe that this sort of terrain and scenery is available at the juncture of the North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia state lines, but here it is … almost a mile above sea-level.
Looking down from the rim at the sheer 1,000 foot drop off is a little intimidating if you have even a hint of vertigo or fear of heights.
Thank goodness for the stout pilings and thick steel cable!
It’s about a 2-mile loop from the parking area and it’s not an easy climb. But, once you get to the top, you’re glad you made the effort.
You can literally see for 40-50 miles on a good day. I could see cars smaller than ants moving along the road on the valley floor and a helicopter passed by at least 500 feet below where I was standing. I believe it was probably the medevac copter from the local hospital.
I’m glad I finally took the time to get up there. It isn’t easy, but wow, once you’re there, you want to linger.
But, sadly, I had to come back down to earth. I had to leave my perch which seemed about as close to heaven as I’m likely to get in this life and I had to prepare to come back to work on Monday.
Yes, the crappy Monday I’m experiencing right now.
But, that’s another story … for another day.