Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Visiting Glade Valley

Posted October 24, 2011

It's an autumn ritual for my family - traveling to the NC mountains to enjoy the flaming foliage. Cindy, my son Will and his girlfriend Jessica Struby spent a recent weekend off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Alleghany County. We all got up early for the sunrise and the sleep deprivation was worth it. We hiked Bluff Mountain Trail in Doughton Park despite an annoying detour on the parkway.

We took the dogs down the Cumberland Knob trail and they splashed and played like puppies. We also drove down some unfamiliar backroads recommended by author, publisher and friend Carolyn Sakowski. We shared a delicious meal at 21 & Main in Elkin and discovered a cool new restaurant next to the bowling alley in Sparta. We gazed at the stars and enjoyed marshmellows by the chimnea. It was a great weekend.

Glade Valley Carolina Conversations: Glade Valley 2011

I stitched together a little slideshow and included some of my new music. I hope you like it.

What have been you favorite autumn memories so far this year? Please share.


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  • jbr531 Nov 3, 9:07 a.m.

    This was beautiful, and I look forward to your new album Judy Coley Reibel Raleigh, NC

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Oct 27, 8:45 a.m.

    Beautiful video!!!!!! I loved it!

  • jdlewis76 Oct 26, 6:29 p.m.

    Make that "I wish" instead of "I'd wish."

  • jdlewis76 Oct 26, 6:28 p.m.

    Bill, I'd wish we'd run into one another sometime when I'm in Sparta, so I could pal around with someone besides my in-laws!

  • br549znc Oct 25, 8:28 a.m.

    Very nice.

  • dvdtew Oct 24, 2:52 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing your photos and music with us Bill. It was absolutely beautiful!

  • dharper22 Oct 24, 2:15 p.m.

    Your music and pictures just make the glory of nature in the mountains more beautiful. Thanks my friend.

  • tennispro Oct 24, 1:40 p.m.

    love the slideshow!! thanks, since I don't think I will be getting up to the mts.anytime soon!! :)

  • only 4 me 2 c Oct 24, 1:07 p.m.

    Just one word, beautiful!

  • jackiesmith43 Oct 24, 12:33 p.m.

    Bill, the pictures were absolutely beautiful, but the music was heavenly. Thanks for putting this together and sharing with us. JackieSmith, Clayton Historical Association

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