I should post the rest of these pictures before we get to this weekend.*
Sunday morning, a week and a half ago, it clouded over and fogged up. It was still a beautiful time to hike. Since the views in higher places would be fogged in, we decided to hike the part of the Tanawha Trail (which parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway) off of Holloway Mountain Road (if you look at this map, we hiked the section where the "3.8" is on the eastern end of the trail).
Even in (or maybe because of) the fog, the wildflowers were beautiful.
The gate to an old cemetary. We were talking to a ranger later in the morning, and she said that there used to be a cabin in this area.
Before we got back to the van, it started to rain in earnest. We drove out to the viaduct, but it was totally fogged in. We stopped at the Viaduct Visitors Center, talked with the ranger, and watched a drenched cyclist drying out in front of the fire in the fireplace. It turns out that there was a Bridge to Bridge cycling event that day. The ride went for 25 miles from Lenoir to the Grandfather Mountain swinging bridge. As the Bridge link says: "100 miles of pure hill." It wasn't a good weather day for it!
We went back to Blowing Rock and had lunch at Mellow Mushroom Pizza. Sadly, they had taken doughnads off the appetizer menu since the last time we were there. They were small spheres of baked dough with garlic butter and parmesan. There are no photos of them on the internet. I should have taken a picture of the ones we had last fall.
We wandered around Blowing Rock for a bit before heading home.
High Country Candles is one of my favorite stores in Blowing Rock. They've got wonderful candles, and the conversations we have with the people there are always interesting. We bought some tapers last fall and liked how dripless they really were. I wanted to make sure we brought home some more.
We bought locally grown apples at Sunset Tees and Hattery. We get them every fall because they've got much more flavor than apples from the grocery store. You can choose your own, but we always forget what kinds they are so this time, I took photos.
That was the end of the trip. However, I didn't post some photos that came before the kayaking photos. They're kind of strange to put at the end of these foggy day photos.
* Which includes the Duke Gardens fall plant sale, the NC Pride Parade in Durham, and the Carrboro Music Festival (which all mean lots more photos).