Our State: Celebrating North Carolina


ONE SPRING NIGHT in Hot Springs, I drank a couple of beers at the Spring Creek Tavern, meandered back to my room at the Sunnybank Inn, and slept soundly until 8 a.m., when I creaked down the stairs to the kitchen in search of coffee. There, I met a gentle young man with large, clear eyes who had hiked 34.9 miles the day before and who planned to keep up a similar pace every day for the next two months, in an attempt to finish the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail in a punishing 70 days.

On one hand, this man’s journey made me feel lazy. On the other, it made me feel sane. Suitably conflicted, I headed out after breakfast to walk a few miles of the Appalachian Trail myself.

“Hike your own hike” — meaning go at your own pace, and if you disapprove of the pace of others, keep it to yourself — is the quasi-official slogan of the AT, and not a bad philosophy of life. It’s an approach that Hot Springs residents have taken to heart, in part because they don’t have much choice:

Stai leggendo un'anteprima, registrati per continuare a leggere.

Altro da Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina2 min lettiCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Get dressed up and go all out: This AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant is located in an ornate 1879 Victorian-era home downtown and has long been a Raleigh standby for special occasions. Try a seasonal dish crafted by longtime Executive Chef D
Our State: Celebrating North Carolina4 min lettiRegional & Ethnic
WHEN THE NAME came to her, Chef Coleen Speaks was sitting on the floor of the warehouse’s former bathroom, looking around at the small space and the seafoam green square tiles on the walls. What is this space going to be? she wondered. Built in 1955
Our State: Celebrating North Carolina5 min lettiPolitics
A Leader For Peace
ON A WARM SPRING DAY IN 1970, on the campus of Kent State University, about 100 members of the Ohio National Guard face down a noonday student protest against the Vietnam War and President Richard Nixon’s recent invasion of Cambodia. For reasons that