I loved driving through bare tree limbs, able to see the mountain slopes through them which had been hiding whenever leaves were on trees. Of course everything being grey-brown isn't that exciting if you're into color!
It was a clear day, letting one see everything out for 20 miles, maybe more. The white road in the distance is I-40 heading west towards Knoxville, TN.
The Blue Ridge Parkway goes through a tunnel (barely visible in the dark shadow on the right) and heads northeast toward Mt. Mitchell. It's the highest peak in the eastern US, and it's maintained as part of the North Carolina State Parks.
I kind of decided "why not" and kept on going towards Mt. Mitchell. Here's a view of Burnett Reservoir that I seldom see, as the Asheville Watershed asks that nobody stop on the side of the road except at the designated overlooks. So I slowed down for this photo, and picked up some reflections from the window.
Did I get to the top of the mountain? More later!
“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.” ~Paramahansa Yogananda