on March 28, 2006
An amazing, breathtaking sight! Be prepared for an exciting drive. There were times when I was truly white-knuckled, and my mom got nervous every time I tried to look over the side. I have to say, just the drive up the mountain was exhilarating. I loved every minute of it, and at times it was just about as gutsy as sky-diving!Close to the top you reach a parking area with gorgeous views. Stop here, stretch your legs, but don't even think of turning back. You must continue to Paradise Point. As we drove around the last corner and caught site of the Alpine wooden cabins, I felt chills. I really imagined I was somewhere in the Swiss Alps, and there might be a beer stein waiting for me somewhere inside. People from all walks of life can be found at the top of this viewpoint. There are toddlers in backpacks alongside church ladies in heels. Everyone wants to get the best views. The facilities lack a little - the bathrooms are glorified porta-potties. There is a nice snack shop, but it's disappointing that there is no seating offering you a view of the snow covered peak. No matter, though... with it that upclose and personal, you really can't complain.Definitely take one of the trails up to get a better view - they are tough at first, but completely doable - even for the less fit. You are truly at the top of the world, and so just grasp the sense of being invincible. It's amazing!
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