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Monday, November 16, 2020

Cherohala Skyway in Autumn 10/21/20

Come Join us for an Autumn Ride along the Cherohala Skyway,  10/21/20
Dear Blog Friends,  Welcome to a day along the Cherohala Skyway. This is a National Scenic Byway which is 43 miles long,  and gradually heads up and then down the mountain between Robbinsville,  North Carolina and Tellico Plains,  Tennessee.

 Some people call this road the "Mile High Legend" ---since the elevation from the bottom to the top is about a MILE..   The name,  Cherohala comes from the two National Forests it crosses,  the Cherokee National Forest and the Nantahala National Forest.

This beautiful Skyway is never as crowded with people as the Smoky Mountains --so in many ways,  we like it almost better.  The drive itself is awesome ---and there are many overlooks along the way for one to stretch his/her legs and capture some pictures.  And --the area has MANY hiking trails!!!  We highly recommend it.  Hope you enjoy this Autumn's journey with us today --across the Cherohala!!!!

For more information about this amazing area,   click HERE,

We started our journey at an elevation of less than 1000 feet --and drove to the top of the mountain at approximately 5400 feet (and then back down the other side). So--you will enjoy the pictures at various elevations along the way. 

I love to look UP and see the pretty colors along with the blue skies.

Just a big carpet of color!  Wow --wish you could have seen this in person!!!

Different elevation from the last picture,  and not quite as much color! But---I love seeing the colorful mountain ranges in the distance.

I zoomed in here to see all of the RED trees, always my favorites!!

This picture is 'brighter' since the colors really pop out when the sun and blue skies are there.  (As you can tell from precious pictures,  we did have a little trouble with sunshine and blue skies when we were on the Cherohala.)

We stopped at one of the many overlooks and this is what we saw!!!!

I really think that this picture along the Cherohala Skyway says it all on this day (10/21/20). You see some colors at various elevations,  some blue skies,  some mountain ranges,  and some clouds--along with some sunshine. What more could one want?????

For my last picture,  I'll share a picture from our stop at Indian Boundary (on our way back down the mountain).   I love the colors of this tree hanging out over the water. 

Well--that's enough for today.  I used to post many more pictures --but in these crazy, busy times, most people prefer less pictures when looking at a Blog post. So I make myself stop with 10...

I hope you enjoyed seeing DAY TWO of our little Leaf-Peaking Trip.   What a fabulous trip it was this year.   We have taken this trip in the Fall several times --and this year may have been our best one  for colors and great weather.  We spent Day 1 in and around the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Day 2 in and around the Cherohala Skyway.  Between those two days,  we spent the night at a wonderful old INN  (FRYEMONT INN) in Bryson City,  NC.  Excellent rustic inn --with lots of history!

If you missed my photos from Day 1 (in the Smokies),  click HERE.

Have a great week, my friends, and thanks for 'allowing' me to share my A Fib Story last week.  Hopefully, my story can help someone else.  I am feeling better this week --so hopefully I will be able to get out and do more hiking and walking soon.  







Anonymous said...

WOW . . . all those delightful colors, those scenes are absolutely beautiful!

It's nice to meet you!

Ann said...

Wow, you hit the jackpot for fall colors here. These pictures are beautiful

Big Dude said...

Looks like you picked the right time for good color.

George said...

You did a great job summarizing our drive on the Cherohala Skyway. It was simply gorgeous.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It really was a great year for color! WOW! That is fabulous and I love that you share these. I miss the mts and we didn't go up there this Fall. Hope you are feeling better and better my friend!

Dorothy said...

These pictures are awesome, Betsy! ALMOST as good as being there, but not quite!

Chatty Crone said...

I think you must be feeling better.
Those photos surer make me feel better and more peaceful right now.

Ginny Hartzler said...

How glorious, Betsy! And a beautiful header as well! There is nothing like this around here, most trees seem to be dropping their leaves before they change color.

Betsy said...

Oh dear Betsy, I was so glad to read that you're feeling better this week. I've been praying for you daily.
Your autumn colors in these photos are lovely. I'm very thankful for you sharing them with us. Our color came and went quickly this year because of the snowstorm that hit us early in October. Then the winds came and whoosh, all of the leaves were gone.
Take care my dear friend.
The "other" Betsy

David said...

Betsy, Great fall colors! Timing is everything. We drove along the Foothills Parkway a couple of weeks later and the colors were much more muted...although still beautiful. Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Barb said...

What grand photos of fall! I've never seen such color. I must hurry to your older post to see how the a-fib surgery went...

happyone said...

Oh my those colors are absolutely gorgeous. WOW

The Furry Gnome said...

Wonderful colours!

Ruth Hiebert said...

i do think you hit the jackpot with that drive. the colors could not be better. thanks for sharing this beauty.

Linda said...

Wow! How stunning is this autumn scenery! Glad you got to see it.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Soooooo pretty!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Betsy
So pleased you are feeling a little better.

I thought your photographs were all wonderful, the Autumn colours simply amazing.

Wishing you a good week, my good wishes.

All the best Jan

Linda G. said...

Oh my what beauty you shared with us. It was a perfect vista for your getaway. I am glad to hear you are feeling better.