Archive for October 24, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Mount Mitchell Restaurant
2388 State Highway 128
Burnsville, NC 28714
On Saturday, my parents, my brother, his smokin’ hot new girlfriend, and I got up pretty early and headed for the parkway. We arrived at Mount Mitchell about 10 am. Boy, was it windy! And chilly – about 20 degrees colder than Asheville. Mt. Mitchell is the highest peak in the Appalachian Mountains and the highest peak west of the Mississippi River on the mainland of the U.S. The weather is more like the weather of southeastern Canada than the southeastern U.S. I always feel so sad when we visit and I see all the trees dying from the acid rain.
We had brunch at the restaurant there. The food was, for the most part, mediocre. The pancakes were fine; the syrup was awful (fake); the bacon was surprisingly good and plentiful. The service was terrible (it’s always either fair or awful). I asked two different waitresses to take a picture for us. They both said “in a minute” and walked away, never to return. That’s right – our server dropped off our food and never came back. *shaking head* Oh well.
The point of visiting the restaurant is the view. We had an amazing day for it; we could see for miles. That’s pretty rare since they get rain 8 of 10 days and the pollution usually limits the view as well. I just wish we’d arrived a bit earlier – we overheard other patrons discussing a bear they’d spotted!
On our way back to Asheville, we stopped for the little hike from the parking lot to the upper and lower summits at Craggy Gardens. That’s one of my favorite hikes in the area, especially when the rhododendron are blooming. (Graveyard Fields is my other favorite.)
P.S. I’m now 1/10 finished!