The author recalls his first trip to Mt. Mitchell in 1897. Wilson, who was five years old at the time, made the trip with his older brother and father. On the 1897 trip, the family spent four days visiting different mountain ranges and climbing to their summits. Wilson has returned to Mt. Mitchell many times since then, and even spent his honeymoon there in 1919. Today, the mountain is much easier to reach since roads and automobiles have taken the place of trails and horses.