Autumn at 3,000 Feet
The colors of Fall move down the mountains about 100 feet a day. Yesterday I drove up NC-80 west of Marion, looking for the color line. As I neared the 3,000 foot level, there they were, as bright as I’ve seen so far this season.
Driving over the Eastern Continental Divide at 3,600 feet, I descended into the valley just below Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains, and came upon the Mt. Mitchell Golf Course. Just breathtaking!
What a great place for a townhome. The bright colors had already passed on the western side of the mountain, but the deep rust colored trees left no doubt about the lingering season. I drove north near Burnsville, these east through Spruce Pine, and back over The Divide on NC 226, and back down into Marion.