“Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.” ~Faith Baldwin
We left the ghosts and goblins of Northern Virginia last Thursday and headed to Southwest Virginia and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The weather was stellar and the foliage amazing.
*All photos are clickable for a little larger view*
We missed Mabry Mill in its full fall splendor by about one week.
It is located up on the Blue Ridge Parkway (elevation 2855 feet) where more wind and rain chase the leaves a little sooner.
This is one of those charming spots worth visiting anytime, in every season.
There are huge rhododendron bushes everywhere already fat with buds for next spring’s color.
We stayed at Dutchie’s View Bed & Breakfast in Woolwine, Virginia.
The views during the day of the surrounding mountains were spectacular as were the starry moonlit skies at night.
There are two covered bridges nearby, both crossing over the Smith River. This is the 80 foot Bob White Covered Bridge built back in 1921.
And the smaller Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge built in 1914.
Our Indian Summer has been so sunny and bright…..
We traveled along The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, mostly in Floyd and Patrick Counties
with time to walk in the forest of Fairy Stone Park. The best part of our trip south was getting to spend time with our son oxoxoo
hide the path
~John Bailey, Haiku
footnote: I am entering this post in Ana’s Friday Archive Dive 9 September 2011 here