Reflections on fall in the mountains.

We have split our trip to the North Carolina mountains in two with a few days in Virginia where I sit in the Hotel Floyd blogging right now. The weather for the most part has been glorious, the people have been friendly, and the drive has been a joy. Everyone keeps telling me that the leave color is not up to par but from this boy from the Texas coast, I ain’t ever seen color like this in the fall.

Asheville was beautiful as was the drive to and from. The colors were vivid all the way to Charlottesville. The drive back down the Blue Ridge Parkway gave us the opportunity to enjoy a bit of snow as well.

Here is a slide show of what we have seen…

Monday Mountains…

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We drove into the darkness on Sunday to get to Birmingham. The only observations from the drive on Sunday were we both commented on how dry Mississippi looked. It was a noticeable change right at the state line. The roadside went from green in Louisiana to brown looking in Mississippi. I think it was actually a difference in mowing patterns more than actual dryness.

The leaves were beginning to show some color toward afternoon, just not much. The change to Daylight Saving Time sure played havoc with arriving in Birmingham before dark. We probably drove two hours after sunset before we could get lost looking for the hotel.

I am in love with the GPS enabled laptop and DeLorme Topo Maps. Being able to see where you are at all times is great (especially for those in the car who can’t read a map anyway).

Waking up this morning and walking outside…Oh, my God…Is this what fall is supposed to look like. From the first mile of the drive out of Birmingham the colors just glowed in the rising sun. All the way into Tennessee the hills and then the mountains were just beautiful. We didn’t stop much as we were trying to cover miles and make Asheville before sundown.

One of the few stops was made at the Boyd Gap Overlook. We stopped there last year in July and loved the view. Here is one shot I grabbed there…

Once we checked in in Asheville we decided to go out and get our bearings. Since it was getting close to sundown I decided to run up the Parkway and see if I could catch a shot. Here is one I managed to push through this evening…

It’s been a long day and we have the Biltmore to do tomorrow, see ya.