First Color at Grandfather Mountain

Now that hurricane Matthew has cleared the mountains, it was the perfect morning to go up The Parkway to Linn Cove Viaduct on the eastern slope of iconic Grandfather Mountain. It was 47 degrees with  sustained 50 mph winds  speeding along the Parkway from a wind tunnel created by the shape of the slope.  I could hardly stand up. The colors are running a few days late this year, but are still beautiful.

The Parkway climbs above 4,500 feet in this area…wallTo the east are the Foothills and the Piedmont Plateau.

grandfather-eastThe east face of Grandfather…

grandfather-peakThe peak of Grandfather Mountain.

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viaduct-1Linn Cove Viaduct

viaduct-4Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain to the south.

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