|How it looked not long before leaving Lake Junaluska|
Fog is the current theme
Leaving the office - and it was the nicest of all the parks I've been in so far, by far; there is an amazing gift shop, which glimpsed from the outside - made me think the office must be somewhere else. But it wasn't, it was right there. I didn't think about taking photos, maybe on the way out.
Papers in hand, I headed to the West Rim loop where one can pick out any spot that doesn't have a name card posted. Tired )happy to be there but tired after an intense six hour drive) I hoped I'd go the right way. It wasn't close to the office, it was another twisting, turning, steep downhill bit and then some. There were a number of choices, I made one that was an easy back in and hook up and I was here! Hooray!
Giving in to that fried chicken smell in the last gas stop, I fell on it like a hungry dog. It was great, perfectly cooked and still hot. Oh, it's so easy to break personal rules on the road!
But before I got here, there were some other sights along the way. Most of the time I am gripping the wheel and humming a road song but occasionally, on a flat area, I can snap a photo.
|I skipped Miss Caroline's but I have a very distinct picture of her in mind.|
|The whole road through the town of Maggie Valley was lined with scenes like this.|
Pumpkins and corn shocks, little Fall vignettes to cheer the eyes and draw attention.
Before I forget, yet again, there are two road names from the trip so far that have not gone to the fog room in my head. My favorite (reminded by the name of the town I'm apparently in or near) so far is Rising Daughter's Road. There is something so magnificent about that naming... The other is just funny. Lick Log Lane.
Okay. I can file that done.
US 74 really is a great road. A scenic road. A four lane road. Until it isn't. Even then, if it wasn't raining and foggy, it would be seriously scenic. With the speed limit 35 most of the way (beside being scenic, there's plenty of road reasons to go slow).
The Nantahala River flows/runs along the side of the road, drawing rafters from everywhere, I'd imagine. Even with the rainy weather the river and road were both busy with rafting traffic. There are lots of turn outs to observe the river; I stopped in one and took these photos. If it hadn't been raining, I'd have stopped a lot more. I'd love to come back here sometime, in sunny weather.
|There are lots of semi's on this road. The road gods kept them on their side.|
|From the stoplight - I liked this post and bench.|
|A raven greets me. Of course a raven greeted me. Hello, Sean.|
|Too cute and I mean that in the good way|
|That's a big tent! When I walked by someone inside was blowing up air mattresses.|
Camping like a Puerto Rican, in fine good style!
|Playground featuring a climbing wall|
|The perfect Culebra vehicle!|
|Fall is a big thing here. Well, with the leaf thing, I guess so!|
|This is how the pads are done. Apparently a lot of the parks just make a parking space;|
there are notations of grade steepness in the space description.
Here, they are all on the level. Literally. Nice.
|The Sims are into decorative. As are a number of campers. I feel slightly boring.|
|The front of the A frame. Note the dog house and dog in the corner.|
|I don't know if this guy is from the A frame or not. |
He was out walking his mighty beastie.
|One of the first trees I saw looked like a bear had been busy. What a surprise. Not.|
|In a grey and foggy world of brown and green, |
these tiny flowers stood out like a beacon was shining on them.
Have a savory Saturday. Do something sensitizing.