It's that time of year again, and we're off to explore the beautiful vistas here in Western North Carolina. Winter hikes work out better for us since we're not as busy at this time of year. The timing might be involuntary, but this doesn't mean the views are any less spectacular than they are in other seasons. Each season reveals its own treasures, and winter is no different. Since there is no foliage to hide the views, the shapes of our mountain ranges are clearly defined in winter. This results in interesting images created by the mountain terrain. For instance we see the rumples of a large rug in some of the folds between the mountains.