International Mountain Day was established to highlight the important part that mountains play in our ecosystem and world. For me it is more personal. Some people prefer the beach, I love being in the mountains. Particularly the Appalachian chain in the eastern US . I’ve been to several regions in the Rocky Mountains and it is majestic, but I prefer the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains so much more. I feel more at home there.
My love of those mountains started when I did a couple of summer stock seasons at the Highlands Playhouse in the far west of North Carolina as a young man. The clean cool air, the scenic waterfalls, the winding roads and most especially the people I found there. Many wonderful memories of terrific people I remember fondly still today. While I did ride those roads in my motorcycle last summer I did not have nearly enough time to spend with the people. Can’t wait to spend more time in the future in my Mountains.