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"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting,
and autumn a mosaic of them all."  ~ Stanley Horowitz
OK, here's a teaser.

I'm going to show you a set of pictures I took on a fine autumn hike that Cody and I took today and you see if you can figure out where we went!





There's are creeks for Cody to splash in. It kind of looks like Explore Park, doesn't it?






Maybe it's Mill Mountain or Chestnut Ridge?



He's a patient boy, but he doesn't usually pose that well.





Hmmm. These look like boulders along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia . . .






Parts of these old logging roads almost look like the Glenwood Horse Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway . . .




Have you guessed yet?? 


The next two shots give it away!



You've just had a mini-tour through our "back forty" in all of its fall splendor!! 

OK, so it's not 40 acres. But even one third that feels like a grand forest when you're savoring the beauty of colorful leaves still clinging to their branches and crunching through the ones that have surrendered to the inevitability of the changing seasons.

I should accept the autumn of my life so gracefully! Not.

Our neighborhood in the countryside east of Roanoke, Virginia is absolutely gorgeous right now. I make excuses to be outside as much as possible -- easy to do with all the perennial beds that need weeding, pruning, and other fall maintenance.

As I've mentioned before, it's all a bit too much for us to maintain with our gypsy lifestyle. Our house and 12+ acres are for sale, although they are not officially listed as yet. Shoot, with the housing market as crazy as it's been, we haven't even figured out an asking price yet!

Here are a few more colorful fall scenes down our little residential road:

Road maintenance equipment sits on a neighbor's property between jobs
(Jim helps with the periodic repairing/repaving of 1+ mile of private roadway)




Next entry:  I wonder what Catawba Valley looks like right now from McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail????? Let's go see . . .

Happy trails,

"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil, and Cody the Ultra Lab

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