The weather has been downright balmy for October with temps in the low 80's - great for foliage seekers. I took a side trip while doing errands to visit Lake Julian Park on the south side of town. This place is perfect for the water enthusiast with canoeing, sailing and fishing available on the lake. The park is open year round and offers picnic areas and boat rentals. One man was out sailing a catamaran.
Lake Julian is a decent sized lake of about 300 acres or so and was created to cool the Progress Energy (then CP&L ) coal power plant that is located on one shore of the lake. See photo below. The lake was created in 1963, back when each city had it's own power plant. Progress Energy leases land on the lake to the Buncombe County Parks & Recreation for entertainment purposes.
Many local residents are amazed to find some of this area's best fishing in their own backyard. Lake Julian has an abundance of bass, catfish, brim and crappie, as well as imported fish called "Tilapia". Because Lake Julian is a "thermal" lake (the lake is used as a cooling agent for Progress Energy), some of the best fishing occurs from October through March.
The trees in the picnic areas had quite a bit of fall color.
In spite ot the power plant, the park offered a lot to enjoy - some day these plants will be gone and we will be using cleaner, more efficient energy from the sun!
I am joining Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday this week so do stop by our hosts.