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Push for the Top

I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains, and one thing we were never short of was recreational opportunities. We had trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, campsites ranging from backcountry primitive to full hookup RV slots, lakes and rivers for swimming or canoeing, hundreds of rock climbing routes, and hunting and fishing seasons. Even in the winter, we could go skiing or sledding.

I’m in the flatlands now, but when the temperature starts rising, I make it a priority to get back to the mountains as soon—and as often—as possible. The tallest peak east of the Mississippi is less than two hours from me, and is generally 30 degrees (F) cooler than my area. Even if I’m not trying to escape the weather, it’s nice to take a break from the same ol’ routine for a few days.

August 11 is Mountain Day, so if you enjoy hiking, biking, or rock climbing, we have fun mugs for you!

1. Keep Pedaling

Whenever we drove on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we kept an eye out for bikers challenging themselves. It’s definitely not for beginners.

2. I’m Out

It’s been my experience that once you get more than ten feet off the ground, you leave the general masses behind.

3. These Boots are Made for…

Hiking through the mountains will reward you with spectacular scenery you wouldn’t see from a car.

4. Treasure Hunt

Geocaching got popular once handheld GPS units became affordable. The “treasure” is never very valuable, but finding it is a lot of fun.

5. Independent

Whether you’re out just for the afternoon, or going deep into the wilderness for a couple of weeks, it is always fun to explore the environment.

Are your mountains more metaphorical than a vacation destination? Take a look at our inspirational mugs for some encouragement! Remember that U.S. orders of two or more mugs get free shipping, too!