High Country Color, Watauga County, NC - 2013
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I used a trip to return Courtney to Boone as an excuse to do some leaf looking yesterday. You have to drive to almost Linville before you see much Fall color, but north of there it's really pretty right now. We got off Hwy. 221 at Grandfather Mountain, and drove the Blue Ridge Parkway to just south of Boone. As you would expect on a sunny Sunday afternoon in October, the BRP was packed with cars full of people enjoying the colorful leaves. Traffic was moving at a crawl, but I didn't mind because I was enjoying the sights too. We made a few stops for pictures, including a short hike at Beacon Rock, and what is normally a two hour trip turned into almost five. It was nice to not be in a hurry!