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When I Was 69

When I Was 69
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Purple mountain sunshine

Contrasting the tips of the trees yellows is the lens changing sunshine to purple.

 Tree tops start the color change.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fair in the fall

Come to Dillsboro, NC the first weekend in November, every year for the greatest collection of outdoor pottery booths ever! I am unable to attend it this year, so hope some of my friends will carry their cameras and share with me.

Looking out through Treehouse Shop window at the pottery fair in Dillsboro, NC
Quote for the day:

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” 
John Burroughs

Monday, October 28, 2013

They stayed open

The Pisgah Inn and restaurant were open on the Blue Ridge Parkway, during the government shutdown earlier this month.  First they were the only place open, then the government closed them, then they were open again.  They are privately owned and operated, so it makes sense.

A sweet little gift shop by the restaurant

Mt. Pisgah itself
Simple and clean lines of the buildings

The new name signs for motel area and restaurant are using Native American words, I'm pretty sure.

Restaurant entrance
Daily Specials...lunch from 11:30- 4, but they also do breakfast and dinner
Even on a grey day, the view on the porch is stupendous

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Too much sun?

This would have been my first picture of gorgeous fall color, but the sunshine flashed it to white.  Those trees on the slope above the green ones by the road...well, you'll just have to take my word for it!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Proof of autumn

When I pulled over to look for better views of early fall folliage, my windshield was graced by a proof.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Rock garden

Early color on the rocks above the Parkway.  I keep saying I'll go back and take more pictures of this same rock face.  Maybe later this year, so you can see a progression of the colors.

Today's Quote:

Sticks in a bundle cannot be broken.
Bondei Proverb

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Color slowly creeps along

Taken on Oct. 2, my sense is that in a week, all this will have turned more vivid.

So here's Oct. 9, but another location entirely.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Looking Glass Falls in the fall

Below the falls, the creek that becomes Davidson creek, I wonder if it's called that all the way up the mountain?

Stairs wend down to the observation area at the foot of the falls.  Going down is realtively easy.  You know the rest.

There are nice climbing rocks at the bottom, next to the shallow pool, so I ventured out as far as I could with dry boots.  Spray was sometimes blowing my way even then.  I found it interesting that my skill of rock hopping returned to me easily and coming back up was a breeze, because I could tell the rocks weren't really slippery from that angle.  Going down the rocks I was much more careful than on the stairs.

Sorry I called them Window Pane Falls the other day...I've corrected my mistake.  I've been getting those names confused ever since I first visited these falls in 2005 (I think).

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Double post

Yesterday I posted today's blog...which you can understand in cyber-space.  I work ahead, and have the date scheduled usually...but messed up and gave same date to 2 blogs.
So please be patient, and if you missed one of yesterday's, go back to it today, and imagine that it was here on the right time at the right place.  That's how lots of things are being done these days.  It's not right in reality, so you have to imagine the rightness.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Little Switzerland's Used Bookstore

Sorry to have posted twice for bad.  I am trying to get ahead because so much is happening before the middle of Nov...but I'm really spinning my wheels it seems.  Enjoy!

There's a used bookstore in Little Switzerland

Sorry for blur! Reading room in used bookstore Little Switzerland, NC

Lots of antique type things all around, see the chicken?

A small gallery with photographs of the area...and

knitted hats and scarves!

Across the street the Glassblower's hut
We did drive home on this route, and at the very end saw a group of motorcycles coming up it.  I would imagine they'd have more fun coming down, like we did.

The book store has a great gag out in the parking lot right under this sign. 

The diamondback!

This outdoor venue wasn't open for business on Wed in October.  Maybe on weekends however...
The bookstore has coffee for sale, a great porch to sit upon, and is next to a good restaurant, I hear.

And there are thousands of used books to browse through!  Room after room.
Even cute artifacts nestled among the books, I love Nefertti next to the ceramic cat and paper boxes.

Davidson Farm colors

Coming off Hwy 64, turning up 276 into Pisgah Forest, headed toward the Blue Ridge Parkway.

This rather moldy looking information sign tells about the family which originally lived on the land which had now become this highway.  There were 10 children.  The Biltmore estate purchased the land and kept farming it for a while, but it has been returning to forest for about 50 years.  There was just one path that indicated where this family had lived.

I was glad the river still retains the family name, and the road follows it up to the prettiest and easiest falls to see.

There were gorgeous gold trees all over the river valley, making it feel like I was traveling on a golden corridor.

And then my first view of Looking Glass Falls.  More of that lovely cascade tomorrow!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

The trees start to show

Though the further trees remain green topped, closer ones have great variation of colors.  Taken Oct. 9, 2013, Blue Ridge Parkway

We're still in business.
The National Parks are back running again, meaning the Blue Ridge Parkway is open for camping, Folk Art, Information etc.

The government has hurt many small businesses that operate near the national parks...and this is the peak season for tourists here in the mountains who want to see our beautiful fall folliage.

Please remember if you are going to spend a dollar, why not use it to support your neighbors, the small businesses and those owned locally (anywhere, or here in Western North Carolina.)

If you want to enjoy life, it's much lighter if you can share other's enjoyment as well.  Last week I was in a restaurant where something was returned to the kitchen, where I was told it would be promptly thrown away.  I thought of all the WIC families and those on Food Stamps, and those relying upon practically empty food is precious.  People need help...and they are the kids on that school bus, they are the families who live in those mountain mobile homes, the ones you might prefer to call trailer trash, but many of them are struggling to survive, which is certainly not a quality of trash.  NO people, NO children, NOBODY IS TRASH.

Whatever your religion, there's a voice that asks you to share, to love one another.  Listen to it please.  Help all the people who you whatever way you can.


Quote for today:

The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.

John Schaar

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Altapass apples

A pit-stop, as is said in some quarters, enjoying the pretty decorations of the ladies' stalls.

Apples, sold a peck at a time, which are raised right here on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Various other apple products, as well as lots of other fruity jams and sauces.

While waiting in line, we perched our peck of apples as part of the display.

Helen was promoting my entering the photo contest.

The winner of the photo contest could have a hay the one arriving here at bottom of hill.
I don't know who certifies these roadside farm markets, but I saw several such signs throughout the area.

Looking down from the parkway, those are apple trees.

A very old tree, which may not be bearing much fruit any more.
Ah ha, caught the picture taker in the mirror.