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Mt. Mitchell? Let's Go!

Have you and your students memorized Mt. Mitchell for Geography, found it on the map, and then wondered about its significance? Well, you are not alone!

Two years ago, our dark gray minivan squealed to a painful halt in the secluded mountains of North Carolina. At night. Panicked, we searched for a local garage, only to realize that most businesses in rural North Carolina close early on Saturday evenings. On a normal weekend, this would be frustrating. On this particular weekend, it was DEVASTATING.

You see, my 2nd daughter, Charity, had been selected to participate in the 1st annual National Memory Masters Competition sponsored by Classical Conversations (Hurray!!), and we were required to be in Florida by 2PM the next day. The contest was to be held on a cruise ship, so we could literally MISS THE BOAT.

Our driving plans had not included a "break down" time cushion, so we whipped into whatever-it-takes mode. We limped to the only car rental agency open (an airport) and rented a new minivan. While I drove the rented van, our own crippled van careened into the nearest, closed, garage parking lot where we scribbled a note pleading for them to fix our van while we would be several states away. We promised to call them on Monday to talk details. We then proceeded to race all through the night in order to arrive in Florida, sleep-deprived and unshowered, before the boat pulled away from the dock. So much for planning ahead!

All of this to say that when the van was not ready one week later after the cruise (WHAT?!?!), we had to drive the rented minivan home to Maryland, then drive back down to North Carolina the following week! Fun! Well, it was fun because we made it fun. :-) God gave us a little unexpected gift called Mt. Mitchell.

What follows is Charity's "Travel Logue", written from her stuffed animal's perspective (Bubba...a well-loved, well-dressed, Webkinz chihuahua), about our unplanned visit to Mt. Mitchell! Who knew it was so close to our break-down site? Charity was in 6th grade at the time, and we were thrilled to be able to visit a "memory work" spot that we may not have taken the time to visit otherwise!