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. I’m posting a picture of the view from the table so you’ll understand why we like it.

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?


About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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7 Responses to Autumn in Pisgah

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    What a wonderful family tradition! Pisgah looks like a wonderful place to gather with loved ones. We don’t have picnics in the fall, but almost all of our nine grandkids play (or have played) soccer or participated in marching band, so we like to support them as a family – and we take lots of hot cocoa and blankets!

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  2. How wonderful that everyone can get together and enjoy the cooler weather and Autumnal beauty!
    We have a few people here who make incredible pimento cheese spreads here in KY, where it is fantastically popular; nothing commercial can compare.I have one of the recipes, but have not yet given it a try.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      My cousin Shirley is the one who makes the pimento cheese for us. She adds a drop of something hot so it has a bit of a zing to it.


  3. What a view! Your family picnic sounds wonderfully relaxing. I’ve never seen a white squirrel. We have plenty of black ones around here though.


  4. Jeff Salter says:

    save me a spot. I wanna picnic with youse guys. That sounds delicious and looks perfectly lovely.


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