It may not have been the most dramatic hike on the planet, but for the North Carolina man who made the hike, it was a stunning experience.
“It was my favorite hike on Mount Vernon.
I’d been hiking in the North Carolinas since I was 16 years old,” said Mark Wilson, who is from Asheville, North Carolina.
Wilson said the hike took about two hours.
He didn’t get too far but did see the Great Smoky Mountains.
The hike itself was a little bit of a mystery to Wilson.
It was one of his favorites, and he thought he would be able to make it, but he was surprised by how much of the route he did not get to.
“There was so much stuff that I didn’t even know I had,” Wilson said.
“I was pretty surprised by it.
I’m sure it’s a very difficult hike.
I didn’ know that I could do it, I wasn’t aware of the trail.”
Wilson said he got to the summit and was a lot more relaxed than he expected.
He said the experience helped him realize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to being able to hike Mount Vernon or the Great Smokey Mountains.
“The reason I’m saying that is because there are people who are going to be able do it that are just going to do it the way I did, and it’s not going to take a lot of work,” Wilson told CNN.
Wilson started the hike in June of 2016 and plans to hike it every year until his 80th birthday.
The North Carolina State Park System said he has already hiked Mount Vernon more than 10 times.
He also said he hopes to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2020.
Wilson’s wife, Jennifer, is a freelance photographer, and she said that while hiking the trails, she was inspired to share her story.
“I thought about how lucky I am that I have this amazing life and I’m lucky enough to have a wife and two kids and a beautiful family and it was so important to share my story, and to share it with them, because there is so much more to life than just hiking Mount Vernon,” she said.
“So I wanted to share this with as many people as I could.
And to show them that if you want to be happy, you have to be honest and give them the information they need.”