Fall in fashion

27 Oct

While Winter conjures up images of pristine white snow, Summer of  bright sun and Spring of colorful wild flowers, Fall brings to life the colorful leaves – yellow, golden orange, red, pink and the various earthy shades.  Based on color alone, if I have to pick a season, it would most definitely be Fall as I am a sucker for earthy tones.  If I had a choice (and people around me agreed), I will live in a orange-rust world… Well, but we do not live in a perfect world, do we? 🙂

K and I have been planning to go to the East Coast and Blue Ridge Parkway every fall for the past few years and for a myriad reasons, it never happened.  Finally this year, everything fell in place and we made the trek.  We landed in Charlotte and after a quick visit to K’s alma mater, drove to the Smokies.  It was breath-takingly beautiful and sitting right outside this park is the city of Gatlinburg, which was everything the park was not, to put it mildly.

Gatlinburg is a shock to the system from whichever angle you survey it, but never more so than when you descend upon it from a spell of moist, grubby isolation in the woods. It sits just outside the main entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and specializes in providing all those things that the park does not– principally, slurpy food, motels, gift shops, and sidewalks on which to waddle and dawdle–nearly all of it strewn along a single, astoundingly ugly main street. For years it has prospered on the confident understanding that when Americans load up their cars and drive enormous distances to a setting of rare natural splendor what most of them want when they get there is to play a little miniature golf and eat dribbly food. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most popular national park in America, but Gatlinburg–this is so unbelievable–is more popular than the park.

So Gatlinburg is appalling…

Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods

After recovering from the shock that was Gatlinburg, we finished our hurried trip of the Smokies and started doing what we came here to – driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We experienced clear blue sky, dark clouds of an impending storm, fog & rain – all in a matter of 2 days.  While I was initially worried that weather may play spoil sport, we enjoyed the trip not in spite of, but due to the weather.  Words fall short of explaining the beauty of the place, so I am leaving you with a few pictures, as always taken by K.


Sunset from Clingman's dome

Sunset from Clingman's dome



Lone Tree on the Road

Lone Tree on the Road



Somewhere along the way

Somewhere along the way


The trip was supposed to end @ Shenandoah National Park with Laksh and family visiting us.  But to know what happened, you will have to go here.  And that was how I spent the last week.  How was your week?


Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Travel


10 responses to “Fall in fashion

  1. M

    October 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Good to see u post again.. happy deepavali

    • A-kay

      October 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM

      Thanks M. Nice to see you here too.

  2. shy

    October 27, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    this is more of ‘seeing’ than reading the post. nice pics.
    great to know you finally got to visit the park you always wanted..


    • A-kay

      October 28, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      I had to get a post out soon for your highness and posting pics is easier than writing – me thinks.

  3. Suman

    October 28, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    Beautiful pictures, loved the lone tree one the most! Oh you can still live your dream of living in an orange rust world by moving to New England. She is so beautiful, breathtaking beauty in all seasons!

    • A-kay

      October 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      The lone tree was my favorite too. Along with the dream of orange rust world comes the dreaded winter, right? And that’s what stopping me 🙂

  4. Anamika

    October 28, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Hey…you are reminding me of our last year visit there..we did have a meal in Gatlinburg after the drive through Blue Ridge.

    • A-kay

      October 28, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      I didn’t know you visited the place last year. Also, sorry on missing you this time. It was such a hurried and last minute trip that we couldn’t do much 😦 – A-kay

  5. UL

    October 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Beautiful and scenic…..a picture says a thousand words…how true…really nice to hear the details of your roadtrip from Charlotte – am so glad we got to meet, apologies for keeping you up so long into the night and possibly taking time away from you and Laksh – but I had to meet you and am glad we did – like i told Shy – you are gorgeous,and it was lovely to mee you and hub 🙂 Greetings to K…love, UL xx

    • A-kay

      October 31, 2011 at 7:10 PM

      Please no apologies and I am so glad too that we got to meet this time and really appreciate you and Manu doing the trek, at the end of a long day/week. It was really fun to meet you and M and it never felt like I am meeting you for the first time, at all.


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