by Janet Blue on November 8, 2022

Autumn Leaves & Waterfalls

Stinky is more excited than usual to see Periwinkle for their adventure. As he last saw her on Halloween, he’s had to wait eight days for their get together. He’s delighted when he hears the teleportation tunnel rumbling. Moments later, with a whoosh, Periwinkle is ejected right into his waiting paws. They spend a bit more time than usual paw hugging and whisker kissing before Stinky takes her paw and leads Periwinkle back into the tunnel.  

They arrive at their destination in North Carolina. When Periwinkle sees the beautiful colors in front of her, she squeals in delight. “Stinky, this is amazingly beautiful. Where are we?”


Two cartoon tabbies and colorful fall leaves at Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina.


Pisgah National Forest

“This is Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. We’ve come to look at the autumn leaves. My mom says the leaves are the prettiest she has ever seen. She’s super old, so they must be spectacular. I know we’ve had similar fall adventures, so I hope this is okay?”

“Yes, absolutely,” replies Periwinkle. “I definitely don’t get to see this at home.”

“That is Looking Glass Rock in the background. It has an elevation of 3,969 feet and is very popular with hikers,” explains Stinky.

“We aren’t going to climb it, are we?” asks Periwinkle in a shaky voice. “I know how much you like to climb things and get up really high.”

“Nope, I think that’s too high for even me,” Stinky tells her.


Two cartoon tabbies and colorful fall leaves at Buck Spring Tunnel on Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina.


“Wow, Stinky, I can hardly believe how beautiful these leaves are,” exclaims Periwinkle.

“They certainly are. The Blue Ridge Parkway is always a great place to see flowers in the spring and colorful leaves in autumn. That’s the Buck Spring tunnel behind us. Do you want to walk through it?”

“I think I’ll pass. We don’t have a flashlight, and from here it looks pretty dark!”

First Waterfall Stop

Two cartoon tabby cats next to waterfall, called Lower Falls, in North Carolina.


“Oh, boy, waterfalls,” exclaims Periwinkle as she claps her paws. “I love them, and we haven’t visited any in ages.”

Stinky tells her these are called Lower Falls. He is surprised that Periwinkle has climbed higher than he has, but doesn’t say anything. He doesn’t want to call her attention to it in case she gets frightened.


Two cartoon tabby cats, colorful fall leaves and Looking Glass Rock.


“Stinky, this is even a better view of Looking Glass Rock,” says Periwinkle.

“Yes it is,” Stinky replies.

Picnic Time

Two Cartoon tabby cats sitting on a red plaid blanket and having a picnic at Living Waters waterfall below the Blue Ridge Parkway along the north fork of the French Broad River in Balsam Grove.


“Oh boy a picnic. Thank you Stinky. You are the most thoughtful boyfriend. I love listening to the water, and this will give us lots of time to do so while we have a snack.”

“This waterfall is called Living Waters. Right now we are below the Parkway along the north fork of the French Broad River in Balsam Grove,” Stinky replies.

“Well, it certainly is a lovely spot.”

After their snack the tabbies fall asleep listening to the falls. They only take a short nap prior to moving on to the final attraction of the day.

Dry Falls

Two cartoon tabby cats and colorful fall leaves at Dry Falls in North Carolina.


Before even asking where they are, Periwinkle admonishes Stinky for climbing so high. Secretly he wishes he’d said something to her when she climbed above him at Lower Falls. Stinky is tempted to blow a razzberry at her, but remains the gentleman and refrains. He tells her they are now at Dry Falls.

“That’s a funny name. This waterfall has more water than the others,” Periwinkle tells Stinky.

“The name comes from the fact that a trail lies behind the falls where we can walk without getting wet,” Stinky explains.

“Let’s go do that,” says Periwinkle.

Stinky agrees and tells her that after they go behind the falls, it is time to head back to his house. They join paws and stroll behind the waterfall giggling and enjoying each other’s company. They stop a couple of times to share whisker kisses. Then the two tabbies head to the teleportation tunnel for the speedy trip back to Stinky’s house.

Visiting the Kittens

After arriving at Stinky’s, Periwinkle says, “hi,” to Stinky’s parents. Both tabbies then head to the catio where they find Calista Jo, Audrey, Cooper Murphy and Raleigh. Bird watching seems to be on the day’s agenda, and Periwinkle and Stinky join in.


Two cartoon tabby cats on a catio with three other tabbies: a ginger, a brown and a buff colored one as well as a dilute tortie cat.


Periwinkle remarks that she is happy they have had a warm fall day for the adventure. Cooper Murphy tells her that the temperature has broken a record. The high was 83 degrees. The old high temperature for the date was 78 degrees.

Finally it’s time for Periwinkle to head home. She says “good-bye,” to all the Kitties Blue. She and Stinky spend several minutes paw hugging and whisker kissing. Then with the familiar whoosh of the teleportation tunnel, Periwinkle is on her way home.

Stinky returns to the catio to hang out in the sun with his fursibs.

The End

Periwinkle & Stinky are joining the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus.

A PSA from Stinky, Periwinkle & Angel Lily Olivia


Calico cat holding a sign telling everyone to get off their computer and go vote.




{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen J Pilch November 8, 2022 at 8:15 pm

That was a fin date. I love fall and the foliage. XO
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Brian Frum November 8, 2022 at 7:19 pm

You two really found some beautiful places, so colorful and pretty!
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meowmeowmans November 8, 2022 at 6:03 pm

We love leaf peeping, too, Periwinkle and Stinky! What a wonderful date, with such dramatic scenery. And you got to visit the kittens, too! 🙂

We voted!

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Periwinkle November 8, 2022 at 1:40 pm

Dear Stinky,
I really liked today’s adventure. Since I was born here in Florida, I’ve never seen anything like that at all. I am so lucky to have a special boyfriend who takes me to amazing places like this.

Love and whisker kisses,
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Adorapurr November 8, 2022 at 1:25 pm

Oh what beautiful scenery! My pawrents drove up to Ashveille for a week with Jesse the Toothless Wonder. The leaves were turning colors and they had a spontaneous picnic beside a river in Bryant City. Spending a week in the mountains during autumn is never a waste of time.
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Marvelous Marv November 8, 2022 at 1:15 pm

Wow! What incredible autumn scenery! Wowzers! Its a good thing you did NOT come here, the snow is over my back when I walk through it in the field. And Bird TV in the catio is amazing! We have tons of birds, but Mom refuses to put out feeders (she always mumbles something about cat;’s and grabby paws) so we don’t get to see too many. Terrific adventure, I do hope all of you guys have a marvellously happy week! Purrs Marv
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Leah November 8, 2022 at 11:06 am

Wow, what a gorgeous trip for fall! When I was young I lived closer to that area and went on a few trips on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. A most beautiful area for Stinky and Periwinkle to have an adventure!
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Susan from Bucks County Pennsylvania November 8, 2022 at 10:27 am

What a beautiful spot. My late husband and I drove the Parkway many years ago.
I too love waterfalls Periwinkle. Looking forward to your next adventure!
Have a great week!!
PS – Mom Janet – I received the book and can’t wait to read it! Thank you so much!!!


Sandee November 8, 2022 at 9:37 am

What a wonderful adventure. I would have loved tagging along. So beautiful. I’ve never seen this kind of fall colors.

Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Scritches all around, a smooch to Cooper Murphy and Sawyer and a big hug to your moms. ♥
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Lucy and Xena November 8, 2022 at 8:00 am

Great trip, Stinky and Periwinkle! That part of NC looks a lot like our part of TN. Beautiful.
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Katie Isabella November 8, 2022 at 6:18 am

WOW Stinky and Periwinkle. This is just a few miles from where Mommy and I live. As a matter of facet, Mommy and a woman friend will be headed straight through there to Charlotte in NC in a couple of days. First time mommy has been to see Favorite brovver in several years so she can’t wait. (He comes here instead- but now, Mommy can go back like always.) I am so glad you two had a wonderful time and ebjoyed all the trees. Where YOU all live in Roanoke is also glorious, with all the Moutains. Stinky…ever consider taking Periwinkle up to Mill Mountain so she can see Roanoke from high up?
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Janet Blue November 8, 2022 at 8:03 pm

Stinky took Periwinkle to the Mill Mountain Star back in 2019 on their 5th adventure. Here’s the link:


Teddy November 8, 2022 at 4:48 am

We totally agree about the Blue Ridge Parkway being one gorgeous view after another with so much “Mom Nature” to explore. The adventurers look like they had a wonderful day exploring nature. Also nice to be back home on the catio at Stinky’s home – nice “crowd” gathered there to enjoy the gorgeous weather.

Hugs, Teddy
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Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs November 8, 2022 at 2:54 am

What beautiful place you went to see and admire!
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