What a lovely weekend! Our area had a bit of a preview of fall, with morning temperatures in the upper 50s and high temperatures in the 70s. And we took advantage of the lovely weather, engaging in several outdoor activities and opening up the house to let in the fresh air and the gentle breeze.
On Monday, we met our former neighbors who have a summer place on Beech Mountain and other south Florida friends who are visiting them at Linville Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was a perfect day for a hike, clear and bright with temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s.
We hiked to various points with views of the falls and the Linville Gorge. Then we had a picnic lunch. It was a wonderful day of reconnecting with friends we don’t see very often and the hike was completely delightful.
There is nothing more invigorating and soul-soothing than a nice walk in the woods! Believe me there is no better place to walk in the woods than at one of the many hiking sites along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The leaves haven’t started to change yet along the parkway, but in a few weeks they will be resplendent! I highly recommend a fall visit to the NC mountains!
On last Friday we attended the annual North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville. The weather was overcast and a little breezy, mild effects of Hurricane Hermine, but there was no rain. Clouds and wind made for the first sweater weather of the fall.
Of course, I brought home a bunch of delicious fresh NC apples, Honey Crisp, Jonagold, Fuji, and Gingergold. We’ve already been enjoying the Honey Crisp apples and I’ll be canning some applesauce this week.
If you visit North Carolina, Hendersonville is well worth a stop. This is especially true in the fall, when when throughout September and October various apple orchards are part of the Crest of the Blue Ridge Orchard Trail. (you can see a map here: crest-br-orchard-trail ) Many orchards are open for apple picking, pumpkin patches, and other fun fall activities.
One other exciting fallish event happened this weekend: our FIRST FALL LEAF!!! Mr. MT Nest found this little beauty on Friday when we returned from the Apple Festival.
Our little taste of fall is supposed to vanish when, later this week, temperatures are expected to climb back into the 80s. But it was certainly delightful while it lasted! Has your area experienced any touches of cooler weather yet? Are you as excited about the onset of fall as I am?
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