Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and friends!! This morning, I will be enjoying parades and hot coffee in my flannel jammies with DH. Breakfast is baking and filling the house with the aroma of sausage, eggs and cheese. Later will be football games, and phone calls to family out of state. Turkey will be baking, dressing to be made with sourdough bread and pie for dessert. It is my favorite day of the year, and we enjoy it to the fullest. I did a post on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade last year, if you’d like to read some history of the parade with some of the permanent floats.
On this most Autumn of holidays, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some color from our mountain region. Recently, we went hiking on Fryingpan Mountain to see some autumn color and climb the tower for the views. Driving up to the trailhead, we didn’t take any time to take pictures as we wanted to get there and start our hike. On the way home, we had more time to stop at overlooks and really take in the colors of the trees. This part of the parkway is at a lower elevation than Fryingpan Mountain and its next neighbor Mount Pisgah, so the colors were at their peak.
Elevation here is closer to 4000 feet above sea level, and the colors are more vibrant.
It was mostly gold in this part, just a hint of burgundy here and there. The gold is more prominent as there are more varieties of trees turn that color in autumn. American chestnut, hickory, black birch, elms, locust, walnut, hazel and poplar trees are all shades of gold in fall.
Through the trees on the left you can see the mountain behind.
All along the parkway, there are areas that tuck between mountains, and some that go through. This was the first of several tunnels on the parkway, all have the same look – stone entrances with curved openings.
Coming out the other side, the bright sunlight made the colors just sparkle.
It just kept going, so wonderful to see. Cruising along the road, it is so relaxing to see nature in its Autumn glory.
The next tunnel is one of the longest on the parkway. It is also curved inside, so it is pitch black in the middle. Having your lights on is essential.
There are rock faces on many parts of the mountains as you drive past.
There are a fair amount of evergreens as well.
Here is one of the smaller overlooks. It was starting to rain so we made our stop quick.
The next tunnel had more gold around the entrance. Raindrops are on our windshield.
Light rain was still coming down as we approached the next tunnel. More reds and oranges in the trees are seen here.
I like the reds and oranges, so I search out the trees with those colors. The purple-red in this photo may be a sumac. The vibrant orange is maple.
Maples, sourwood and dogwoods provide the most red colors.
Another overlook had the long views obscured by the low clouds, but the near mountains can be seen.
Looking in another direction, the colors are muted in the shade and mist of the clouds.
Leaving that overlook, going around another mountain.
I wish the sun had been shining on this view, but the color is still evident.
Getting closer to the entrance, you can see the lovely stone work.
Stopping at a last overlook, some sunlight was peeking through.
More reds were visible here.
Then it was time to head home.
Of course, Thanksgiving memories wouldn’t be complete without the funny stuff and the foibles that are the stuff of legends. For some great stories, see my 2014 post, Thanksgiving 101, and be sure to read the stories in the comments. Comments are still open, so feel free to add your own, I love reading them.
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12 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving and Some Autumn Views”
Enjoyed the mountain photos as I’m visiting our daughters in Kansas…. Pretty flat here on the the prairie with a few undulating hills. We prepped the meal yesterday, so today is baking the southern style cornbread dressing, mashing potatoes, making the giblet gravy, and lots of visiting and fun. Happy Thanksgiving to you and thanks for the lovely photos!!
Beautiful scenery. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too.
Lovely pics – my Dad used to like to take us for a drive on the Skyline Drive a few times a year. Fall was best. Nice memories. Thanks for rekindling! Agreed that it is the best…we have been eating (sampling) all week…very fun. Happy Thanksgiving Carole!
Happy Thanksgiving, Carole! Your photos are beautiful- thanks for sharing! Aren’t we blessed to live in such a beautiful country?!
Happy Thanksgiving Carole! Your pictures were spectacular, hubby and I have not been out for a wonderful autumn drive yet. I especially enjoyed the photos of the brick entrance to the tunnels; things like this always make me think of history and how they were made and so forth. Thank you for sharing some of your states beauty with us! I truly enjoyed it. I wish both you and your husband the best Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, Carole!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Happy thanksgiving. Love Your Photographs. Here in Queensland. Australia its a very warm sunny day. Bless you all.
These photos are so beautiful. I love living near the Blue Ridge mountains and Shenandoah. I absolutely adored your adventure.
I hope you had a fun happy day yesterday. Ours was a lot of fun at my sister’s house in Silver Spring, Maryland. Dealing with the beltway and other large busy roads, was an incredible breeze. We were blessed.
Oh my goodness – those trees. I am amazed each year at the glorious display we enjoy before the long winter settles in with its drabness and grays. Stunning pictures that surely take your breath away. Wow. ~smile~ Roseanne
Your leaves look great! Our trees are bare and we’ve had a bit of snow.
I went to the Macy’s parade on Thursday. Oh, it’s so much fun! Also was bitter cold but still awesome. When I was a little girl, we sat on the curb to watch the parade. I’m 62 and you can’t get near the curb now. A very nice man offered us VIP tickets to a private viewing are that was not at all crowded- what a nice thing to do. We will pass on his kindness, so much fun!
Beautiful views! Either we didn’t have much red this year, or I missed it. I usually see a fair amount of it, but not this year, sort of disappointing over here. Especially after being told that it would be a good year after all the summer rains. But you certainly got it in your area! Thx for sharing.
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