I conned my wife into making this trip after indulging her habit at the upscale outlet malls around Atlanta all morning. Nice day for a drive -- bright sun, chilly air, not a lot of traffic. Left the metro area around 2 pm.
The drive is well-marked, and we didn't need any of the maps I had stashed in the trunk of the car. Last mile or so is along a ridge that drops off quickly on either side of the road, providing views that one really doesn't expect for Alabama.
Not much feeling of accomplishment after reaching the top; even after climbing the observation tower. But it is a summit, and it's also a state highpoint.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe