I spent a few days in Dillard, visiting with my family and doing some junking and leaf viewing. Y’all know how much I love the mountains and fall is my favorite time of year, so what could be better than fall in the mountains?
My sister Lynn and I got up early Saturday morning to check out some yard sales. I wasn’t expecting how much colder it would be than at home.
The frosty mountains were beautiful, though.
Following signs along a back road (they’re all back roads) to an estate sale, we came upon another early bird deer.
The first sale was at an old home soon to be torn down. Be still, my pickin’ heart.
I found a few bargains there, including an old Red Cross first aid kit. The barn on the property is also slated to be torn down. I would love to salvage some of the barn wood, but a couple of guys had already laid claim to it.
We stopped at a couple more yard sales, then headed up to Highlands, NC for some leaf- viewing. The road follows the Cullasaja River.
We spent many summer picnics at Dry Falls when I was a kid. (Also in the first picture above.) See that walkway under the falls? Yeah, we wimped out this time around, no frosty glazes for us.
Just a bit farther up the road is Bridal Veil Falls. The road once ran under the falls, though now it’s just a short loop for photo ops. The water has been diverted, so there is now only a trickle over the loop. We spent time here as kids looking for garnets. Found lots, though never any gem quality.
I’m not sure of the name of this small lake in Highlands, maybe Lake Cullasaja?
As you can see, the leaves haven’t yet turned much. Probably a couple of more weeks before peak leaf season.
Headed back down the other side of the mountain, we had to make a potty stop in Scaly, NC.
Fresh pork skins were just being put on the shelf. I can’t remember the last time I ate any, especially fresh ones. They almost melt in your mouth. Lynn talked me into the barbeque flavor, but I prefer the plain.
There is just something about mountaintop views that renews my spirit. What gives you joy?