Since these cooler days have come in it has got me into 'mountain mode' again as I am now looking for any excuse to get over to the NC mountains and poke around. I even brought up the idea of renting a travel trailer and spending Thanksgiving outside of Asheville in a campground, taking day trips to Biltmore, parks, forests, etc. We have talked on and off about getting a travel trailer for some time but never really got past that point as you have to use them to get your worth out of them. I found a company that rents them fairly cheaply so the idea is to get one and see if we can manage having fun with it without killing each other for a long weekend.
If not then I'll grab my backpack and head out. It's been a long time since I've been hiking and it's about time for it. I never seem to have time to use my golf membership, seems like I always have something to do at the house, I am trying to fix up my oldest son's old car for my daughter-in-law, my 'to do' list keeps growing, I travel every week for work, etc., etc., etc.
I guess what fall means to me is getting away, spending time outdoors while not being scorched alive. And who doesn't like to get outside and away from traffic, phones, loud music and noises, and rude people. I surely do and I suspect you do too.
Back to work but I leave you with a few images and links to some great outdoor escapes. Be a happy camper kids.
Purchase Knob in the Great Smoky Mountains from today.
Canyon Rim, New River Gorge, WV from today.
Great Smoky Mountains http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm
Pisgah National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48114
Nantahala National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recreation/horseriding-camping/recarea/?recid=48634&actid=30
Monongahela National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/mnf
Blue Ridge Heritage http://www.blueridgeheritage.com/
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Bighorn National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn
Deschutes National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon
Olympic National Forest http://www.fs.usda.gov/olympic
Blue Ridge Parkway http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
Appalachian Trail http://www.appalachiantrail.org/
Pacific Crest Trail http://www.pcta.org/
Continental Divide Trail http://www.continentaldividetrail.org/
Mountains to Sea Trail http://www.ncmst.org/
WV Scenic Trails Association http://www.wvscenictrails.org/Home.aspx