Monday, July 8, 2013

Max Patch Paradise

Max Patch

I went hiking in an area called Max Patch last week. It is located in the Pisgah National Forest on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. Max Patch is a high mountain bald with a unique ecosystem. The park service does maintain the area with regular mowing, though. The only way to drive to the bald is on a windy one-lane gravel road for about 10 miles. By taking a left out of the parking lot, the gravel road leads to Asheville and right leads to Newport. If you have a fear of gravel roads, the only other way to get to the area is by hiking. The Appalachian Trail goes over the bald. A few months ago, the area was vandalized by idiots driving ATV’s and four-wheelers all over the area. Whoever did it created deep muddy ruts in the grass.

Max Patch Bald

I hiked for a couple of hours and had such a powerful feeling of freedom and gratitude. Max Patch is my personal image of paradise. I was silently singing to myself “What a Wonderful World” the entire time I was there.  It is so amazing to be a part of the world and experience life. I meet miserable people every day and I often wonder if they would just pay attention and look around, they would see life as amazing too.    

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