November 13, 2011. Pelican on the boardwalk @ Kure Beach.
Spent the weekend exploring Wrightsville beach, Kure beach and Fort Fisher, the seaside communities of Wilmington,NC. Miles and miles of beach, 70 degree weather in November, lots of second homes on sale, only 3 hours from Charlotte, makes for an ideal weekend getaway. Perhaps we have a beach shack to look forward to, in the future...
November 2, 2011. Riding the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad!
Boarded the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad at Bryson City for a 4.5 hour trip through the Smokies, with a brief stopover at Nantahala Outdoor Center, where we watched whitewater rafting in progress. They give you food, blankets, cookies, beer and a lot of American civil war history on the train. The gorgeous fall scenery is a bonus. We were in an open gondola, so we could lean through the windows and take pictures to our hearts content. Awesome experience, highly recommended. gsmr.com FTW!
October 29, 2011 - Madhuchhanda, K and V at Bryson City, NC - we're meeting Madhu after about 10yrs, but we took off where we left off ! took a 4.5 cold, breezy train ride on the great smoky mountain railroad to view the fall in a open gandola..more pics to come later..
October 14, 2011 - the mountains and colors of Smoky Mountain National Park, TN
amazingly beautiful this time of the yr, and still not peak fall colors ! We wanted to hike to some waterfalls, but we stopped so often in overlooks to take pictures, there was no time for a hike ! Hope to take the train thru smokies in end of October..
thanks for the comments on my fall shots !much appreciated !
October 10, 2011 - Burst of color, in Blue Ridge Parkway, NC
yes, real fall colors , no photoshop :) ! almost peak colors towards Cherokee, but 2 weeks to go towards Asheville.
many photos to transfer and process in the next days to come !
October 9, 2011 - Fall in the Blue ridge Parkway, NC
a beautiful ride on colorful Blue ridge Parkway, with so many overlooks to look at the blue ridges and fall colors.. colors increasing the more we went west towards TN. 40 miles on the Blue ridge Parkway took us almost all day to drive, so many stops,so many photos ! in Cherokee tonight, will barely make it into smoky mountain national park tomorrow ! Hope to be back soon end of October for peak fall colors !
October 8, 2011 - Hickory Nut waterfalls, Chimney Rock State Park, near Asheville, NC - photo taken handheld !
a pleasant, 1.5mile round trip got us to this waterfall, not much water there tho ! early fall colors, expect peaking in next few weeks. off to Cherokee and Smoky mountains tomorrow !
October 5, 2011 - 11 weeks and 6 days pregnant. USG done today showed us a little formed baby, with legs/arms/little fingers, very mobile little thing - K and I burst out laughing during the USG as he/she was moving around so much ! heart rate at 165/min, 6cm long with a normal nuchal translucency test. lots of bloodwork done, very tiring day.