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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#43 - Rockfish Gap - Appalachian Trail

Autumn. A season that lasts three months, yet such a short window when it comes to enjoying the favorites of the season. Apple _____ (butter, cider, pickin'), the cool of the morning giving way to the warmth of the sun; long shadows and colors, pumpkins.

It seems we have just a few weeks to enjoy these Autumn days. Less than that really, with busy work weeks. "Didn't get to the mountains last weekend? Better go now, you'll miss it!"

That's just what we did this past Sunday. The day was bright and sunny, we had heard the colors were still to be seen (though past peak), so it was now or never to go catch a glimpse of Fall for this year.

We decided to drive out to Rockfish Gap, as there are a number of things to do in the area. We stopped along the way, stretching our legs before getting started.

Knowing there would be crowds, we hoped to find less traffic and our own views along the AT. We mapped out a 5+ mile hike to Glass Hollow - and weren't disappointed as we made our way along.

A beautiful hike as we made it to the overlook. To our surprise, we were the only ones there. We relaxed there for awhile, taking in the views.

Finishing this circuit, we explored other areas of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, the sun setting lower in the sky, colors changing and shadows beginning to lurk. A marker identified we were 2 million steps from Georgia, 3 million steps to Maine.

We left the Blue Ridge Mountains just as dusk set in. It was later than we'd planned, but decided it didn't matter. It had turned out to be a beautiful day - and our one glimpse of Fall for this year.

Glass Hollow Overlook

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