October Challenge - Fall!

Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities 303302

I know this challenge is about our area where we live, but I spent many years growing up not far from the Atlanta area in North Carolina. I still consider this state my home even though I have not lived there in years. This past week my wife and I spent two days roaming on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic byway that follows the Appalachian Mountain range all the way up into Virginia.

The picture accompanying this post was taken by me this past Wednesday and shows the parkway as it goes around Grandfather Mountain. The fall colors were out in force. There was very little motor traffic as well since it was in the middle of the week. The weekends this time of the year on the parkway can be busy with motorists out to enjoy the color.

While I was in college, back in the black and white days (Color had not been invented yet), I would drive up these mountains, leave my car at an overlook with a message in the windshield stating where I went and when I would be back, and then I would strike out down a trail into the wilderness. I would often be gone for days, enjoying the mountain solitude. I also would camp in the mountains every new years day. 

These days, I am lucky to get through a 1 hour walk in the woods, but the enjoyment of the solitude is still there. The North Carolina mountains are my happy place. Camera in hand, I am happy to set off and not care where I end up. 

The very best thing about these mountains is that they are only about an hour or so car ride from where I live now. A quick day trip or even over-nighter will put you in the thick of the mountain beauty. 

Posted by

Peter den Boer, Associate Broker, Realtor

Atlanta Communities Real estate Brokerage


Ph. 770.713.1545



I write about daily life as a Realtor in the Towne Lake Community in Woodstock Georgia.

Comments (9)

Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

In New Orleans we have no hills and mountains. It is now in the 60's for the first time since last winter.....

Oct 29, 2021 07:27 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Those colors are beautiful, and we have friends who live in the North Carolina Mountains during the summer, and they love the fall colors. A

Oct 29, 2021 08:43 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Peter, when we first moved to South Florida many years ago, we met many native Floridians who wanted to move to the North Carolina mountains. That was really adventurous of you to go off on your own in the wilderness.  My Larry would have done the same thing when he was younger. 

Oct 29, 2021 06:08 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Peter - what a nice trip down Memory Lane where I learned some more about you.  A very nice adventure - fond remembrances, bright and colorful vistas and an overall aaaaaahsome experience along with some additional insights about you.  

Oct 30, 2021 03:16 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow, what a gorgeous photo! I would have been exploring those forests and taking tons of photos too!

Oct 30, 2021 05:06 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

North Carolina is definitely a beautiful place, I see that daily on the blogs from Nina Hollander, Broker and Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Oct 30, 2021 05:35 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

My wife & I explored the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC last year at this time absolutely one of the most beautiful places to be this time of year !

Oct 30, 2021 07:10 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, Peter, I had no idea! I've spent many hours in them there mountains - especially in the fall, enjoying the colors of the foliage! 

I have about ½ dozen clients who own second homes in Asheville so, we were there visiting last weekend. The air was crisp and the leaves on the trees were simply gorgeous! There is just no place like North Carolina!

And, thanks to my friend, Brian England for the tag! 

Oct 30, 2021 08:08 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA


It is great that you know where your happy place is.

For me, it is on a beach next to a warm ocean...Hawaii...The Caribbean...Mexico...

Oct 30, 2021 02:12 PM