After dropping my children off at school, yes, this is the second Saturday in a row that Watauga County school children attend school on the weekend to make up for snow days, I stopped to take in the beautiful colors of the Watauga River that flows through Valle Crucis. Instead of concentrating my attention on the whole river as a scenic, I wanted to show you the reflections and color in the almost pristine waters. The Watauga River begins it's journey at the top of Grandfather Mountain in Avery County and quickly falls from the mountain through the tiny town of Foscoe. A couple of miles downstream it enters the community of Valle Crucis, where during the spring and summer months, it is common to see trout fisherman lining it's banks. My favorite spot to get close up to the river is at the Valle Crucis Park. As the temperature rises, I am certain that you will see more photos of the park as I practically live there. I now leave you to venture to the Friends of the Library book sale at the Boone Mall.