I read about Asheville in National Geographic, Its one of 100 most adventures places in the US and one of most beautiful scenic drives for fall colors.
Though the plans to visit Asheville kept postponing week after week for several reasons, we (Me, Srinu, Sumanth and Vinay) finally made it last week. It’s about two hours drive from Charlotte, very serene and colorful, especially during this season. It had been showering all day and we were hoping that it would be clear by the time we reached the view points. Exactly as we thought, it stopped raining as we neared Asheville. Crossing the peaks one after the other was fun, each of them were thickly covered with vegetation of all colors light yellow to bright purple, and those grey clouds hanging on them brought in perfect Wall paper look. We slowly made it to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Thick fog engulfed the road and the trees We had to drive very carefully maneuvering the curvy and steep roads. Forget about the scenic beauty nothing more ten meters was visible. All the excitement vanished and we all made a call to return back. We made a little effort to take a few snaps, they were not bad, and the fog made pictures look smoky and subtle. Though the long distant beauty was missing we could capture the local foliage and leafless brown trees in the mist. And slowly as we strolled slowly the fog was clearing out revealing the most beautiful autumn leaves. The wet cut rock the bordered road was a perfect background for our pictures. The steep valley full of trees of all colors dark orange, light yellow, deep purple, muddy mustard and fading green was a treat to the eyes and the camera.
The best thing about living at this latitude is being able to watch every season move in and move out so wonderfully.
After the drive and an hour of walk and photo session, had our supper at ‘Chilies’ and drove back home. Next day was bad, I was unable to get out of bed, I had about 102 F temperature and severe throat infection followed. (All because of the thick and cold fog)
PS: If any one is driving through this area during this time of the year make sure you visit this place – Asheville – NC Places to visit around Asheville (1 Hour) – Grandfather Mountain, Lenoir, Kings Mountain, Blue Ridge Pkwy,