John Muir wrote “The Mountains are Calling, and I Must Go.” For me this quote has special meaning. As a child, I spent every summer vacationing in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I marveled how these mountains were much higher and more magnificent than those surrounding my home in Western Pennsylvania. Even during those early years, I knew I would someday make these mountains my home. This came true when I moved to the Western Carolinas in 2014. Over the years, my husband and I would hike the trails off the Blue Ridge Parkway and admire the wildflowers that grew along the pathways and trails, explore the majestic waterfalls and watch the birds that nested in the trees. On occasions, we even saw several black bears and cubs! Over the years, two locations became my favorite places to relax and absorb nature. These were Mt. Pisgah and Moore Cove Falls. I cherish the hikes at these locations and the evenings along the ridge of the Mt. Pisgah Inn. In 2017, I was invited to join the Board of The Pisgah Conservancy. I saw this as a unique opportunity to give back to the mountains that have granted me so much enjoyment over a lifetime. Now, as each new season passes, I find myself gaining more respect for the Pisgah and all it has to offer. I am thrilled to be able to contribute in a small way to its continued legacy. I have truly learned the meaning of peace from the Pisgah Mountains.