We are having perfect Autumn weather. It rains a couple of inches per week, always at night. Mornings and evenings are crisp with nice sunny days.
Good news for those who drive the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP). A few establishments are open. It began with the Pisgah Inn whose owners defied the shutdown. Then police officers came and blocked the entrance. The owner brought legal action and the Park Service indicated that he could remain open in exchange for dropping the legal action. The Pisgah Inn, like several properties along the BRP is privately owned and managed, leasing the land from the National Park Service. They do not employ government workers. Following the opening of the Inn, several other businesses decided to open and were assured that the Park Service would not interfere. So the wonderful Folk Art Center near Asheville is open again. Obviously the Park-run campgrounds, visitor centers and facilities will remain closed.
I've mentioned before how much the Golden Girls love the cool weather of Autumn. There are several places where we can allow them off lead and they run and run and run.
Deep in the forest, Ellie runs on the trail.
We have to make them stop periodically to rest.
Look at the sheer delight on Lucy's face.
And so they take off again.
(Sorry about the eyes. It was a dense forest so the flash reflected in their eyes and I don't a have fancy photo-fixing program.)
Our quote this week is from George Eliot:
"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
Write your Senators and Representatives again. I'm not saying it's a canned response, but I have received four identical letters from Mark Meadows in response to four different emails I sent. But that won't stop me.
HAVE A MOST WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!