Rich Mountain Fire Tower

About 8.2 miles into my hike I take a small side trail that leads to the Rich Mountain Fire Tower. I figure that will be a great place to stop for lunch...if I can find the courage to climb to the top (remember that I'm kind of afraid of heights).

Somehow I manage to make it to the top and the view doesn't disappoint.

I sit down for a spell and take in the views...inside and outside of the tower.