Late last week we drove up from the coast through central North Carolina where the leaves are just beginning to turn.
On Saturday we drove from Roanoke down Interstate 81 to Interstate 77 south and eventually ended up on the shores of Lake Norman near Charlotte.
Sunday after getting back from NC late Saturday night, we went to church and then took a trip from Sugar Loaf Mountain Road over to Mount Chestnut Road and down to 221.
Without any question the Roanoke area leaves are the nicest that we have seen this week.
I actually believe the leaves in the Roanoke area are some of the prettiest that I have seen in a few years. Maybe the late season moisture helped, but whatever reason the colors are fantastic.
In all our travels we saw a few places in North Carolina where the leaves seemed to have dropped off before changing. Perhaps it was the drought.
We also saw in some of the higher areas, Pulaski and near Hillsville, that the leaves seemed to be past their peak.
It is such a treat to wake up to a symphony of color in the valley. I posted a few more leaf shots on the web. If you have Vista and run into some challenges, you can also find them at this link. (clicking on the slide image will open a full size image in another tab or window.)