It’s early when you get up at 5:30 am and leave the house an hour later for a weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I’ve driven for a couple of hours and it’s still early when I pull over to take this photograph of the fall foliage.
It’s 8:30 am.Time to stop at my favorite apple house for a hot cup of coffee and apple turnover before crossing the North Carolina state line. I’m their first customer.
I took the nature walk along the river in Murphy up to the old railroad overpass.
Now it’s back on the road again. Driving towards the Great Smoky Mountains.
My first stop is at the Patton’s Run Overlook in the Nantahala National Forest.
River rafting on the Nantahala river before driving to Cherokee to visit Indian Museum.
Took a walk in the forest and saw this nice green plant among the fall leaves.
It was a great day for fly fishing in a mountain stream in Cherokee, North Carolina for one fisherman.
The next day it’s time to make that long drive home. The Blue Ridge Mountains are almost as blue as the sky today.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, October 21, 2012