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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Beyond the Book: Autumn in Pisgah

What’s not to like about autumn? In my part of the world the weather finally gets cool enough to enjoy being outside. Leaves are turning brilliant scarlet, rust, red, and gold. It’s football season too. In South Carolina we do love our football. Anticipation swirls in the air as well. We know that Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas aren’t too far away. So yeah, autumn is very special to me. 

But what’s the best part? Our annual fall picnic. Sometime near the end of October the family gets together and heads to Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. Pisgah is a truly spectacular place that I wish you could see.

Once we get to Brevard, the little town at the forest entrance, we stop at a local store and buy what we want to eat. We usually carry some homemade goodies with us, but we supplement it with the store bought food. What does a typical lunch look like? Fried chicken, homemade pimento cheese sandwiches, potato salad, potato chips, baked beans, deviled eggs, chocolate cake, various kinds of pie, and anything else people wanted to bring.

We drive into the forest to our usual picnic area, and once we are there we try to get our favorite table. After we eat, my son and his wife play on the mandolin and guitar for us, we walk the dog along a little trail in the picnic area, and we go down to the river which smells clean and fresh. The water is always freezing, but it’s cold even in the summer. This particular area has white squirrels. They’re pretty, but they look a little odd. We like to see them, though. 

The entire family looks forward to our fall picnic so I don’t think we’ll be giving up this tradition anytime soon. What about you? Does your family have any autumn traditions? 

The picture is of my grandson Simon and our dog Rascal in Pisgah Forest. The river is on the other side of the fence.

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