You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up.
--Rene Daumal (1908-1944) French writer and poet
The view from Table Rock in western North Carolina. It's a bit of a long and rough drive to get to the trailhead, but the mile long trail itself is pretty easy, with lots of beautiful overlooks along the way, culminating in stunning panoramic views of the Linville Gorge when you reach the top. Click above for more photos and directions.