Mum and I were so engrossed in our own little world that we had no idea of what was happening in the big wide world outside; we hadn't been watching any news on the TV, hadn't listened to the radio or read any newspapers, so we were extremely fortunate in that we managed to get 2 trips onto the Skyline Drive before Hurricane Sandy ripped and wrenched the color from all the trees on the Blue Ridge Mountains. We knew of the storm just the day before and had heard that as well as horrendous winds hammering across the region, there would also be a snowfall on the high areas meaning the park would have been closed. We were so lucky to have these days of vibrant leaves, the peak of the fall foliage colors.
We drove in the opposite direction on our second day, again extremely lucky with the weather. Both days had been sunny and relatively warm for this time of year and because we were visiting during the week we were fortunate not to have too many other visitors sharing the vistas with us.
It was a wonderful way to finish our trip of the mountains, yet another amazing moment completely unplanned. Hardly any other people were there with us, we felt very lucky to have met him and his dog Mo.
Mum and I had a lovely month together and it seemed whatever we did, wherever we went and whoever we met, something unique happened or we seemed to be in the right place at the right time. We managed to strike everything off the list that Mum wanted to do and she left with a stack of photos, some souvenirs, clothes, presents for friends and herself, a yearning to live in The Plains and and armful of Chinese Lanterns. Hurry back for the next adventure Mum! xxx
4 weeks ago