• Sarah Lyall-Neal PsyD

Thoughts from the Mountain Top

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

A few weeks ago, while honeymooning in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, my husband and I climbed Mt. Leconte. For reference, Mt. Leconte is the highest mountain in the Smokey Mountain state park with an altitude of 6,539 feet. It is also one of the highest points in the Appalachian Mountains. I am not a professional hiker. I thought I might die (only exaggerating slightly).

I'm guessing you are wondering what on earth made me take on such an endeavor, no I hadn't lost my mind. The biggest motivating factor was going on an adventure with my new husband. I also wanted to challenge myself to push past my limits and do something that was scary. Hiking 11.5 miles straight up and down a mountain was outside my c