I am a retired registered nurse, currently living in Transylvania County. My full-time job, now that I’m retired, is hiking and exploring the amazing outdoor treasures in this area of the country. I was born and raised in Detroit, and unlike my siblings who thrived in the big city, I hated every bit of urban living. Once I graduated from college, I lived in progressively smaller locales, from Lexington, KY, to Berea, KY, and now in Brevard, NC. Initially a hiker who hiked “to get somewhere” (the destination being the goal of the hike), once introduced to off-trail hiking, I became hooked on the adventure and discovery that awaits a hiker once they leave a designated trail. At this point, I’m definitely a “stop and smell the roses” type of hiker (discovery being the goal of the hike), who is lucky to average one mile per hour over the course of a day’s hike.