After seemingly endless months
of selling a house, buying a house, moving from one state to another,
and trying to retain some measure of order in my life,
I left the the household chaos early this morning and drove
an hour northward to enjoy some of the myriad offerings of autumn
in the Southern Appalachians.
My destination was Table Rock and Lake Pinnacle,
a tranquil and pristine body of water that lies at the foot of the cliffs.
When I arrived, the lake was just emerging from the morning fog.
In fifteen or twenty minutes, however, the skies began to clear . . .
. . . and Table Rock greeted the morning sun with all of its glory.
Below the sheer cliffs of Table Rock,
the trees seemed to create an impressionist painting of the fall colors . . .
Circling Lake Pinnacle, which was flat as a mirror,
offered amazing views of the skies, mountains, and foliage
being reflected in the still waters.
This was the finest day I've enjoyed in many months,
and I'm truly excited about the infinite possibilities of exploring this part of my new world on foot. There are trails in every direction and the scenery is nothing less than sensational!
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