Sunday Stills The First Signs of Fall

I can’t believe it has been almost 3 months since I last posted. It was a hot summer, busy with work and travel. A trip to Utah by Regular Guy and Armywife to visit the returning Airman from his deployment. Promotions and moving for Mr. Mechanic and Pepper. The Sunday Stills challenge this week (thanks Linda) fit nicely into our travel/family plans. The Airman came to see us, so we all headed out to Boone, North Carolina. The Grandparents (Poochiegirl and FlxFlyer) even came out for a couple of days. Pepper couldn’t make it but we thought of her often and bought some stuff for her.

Fall is in the air out in the mountains of North Carolina. College football on Saturday (Appalachian State won!) leaves beginning their annual change of colors, chimpmunks taking every raw peanut you throw their way back to their home for winter. We had deer come through the yard, Sugar Gliders (Flying Squirrels) leaping from a tree right in front of the deck we sat on every night like clockwork, Pileated Woodpeckers flying by and even heard a raccoon scuffle one night. Mr. Mechanic even heard an owl last night (he is kind of a night owl anyway and heard it around 1:30am.

The trip was almost soured by a chest cold I brought with me and quickly passed off to Armywife and quite a bit of rain. Today we went on a venture through Banner Elk, Seven Devils, Linville, around Grandfather Mountain, Over the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopped in Blowing Rock and had dinner at Woodland’s BBQ (very simple and very good). We capped the night off with a few games on the Wii.

First up, may favorite – a little pond in Banner Elk caught my eye as we drove into town. Actually the red leaves with the red building did.
Banner Elk
Shots two and three were was also from Banner Elk, a Pumpkin Patch set up along the road.
Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin Art
Last up, one of the chipmunks waiting for his peanut to be thrown.
Waiting for Peanuts
Keep A Smile On Your Face, I’ll do my best to not go so long between posts again.

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