A gorgeous view along the Blue Ridge Parkway of the many ancient ‘layers’ of hazy blue-ish mountain ridges. . . the beauty is breathtaking and awe inspiring. God sure did a great job with this part of the planet, huh?
Our brief trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina has sadly come to a close. I am in continual AWE over the incredible beauty of this great land that we live in. We were in the very northwestern corner where Christmas tree farms permeate the landscape, tiny bed and breakfasts and eateries dot the roads, and even fledgling wineries can be seen.
The temperatures were between 10 to 15 degrees cooler in the mountains than down in the foothills where we have our little acreage. It’s so interesting to see how the vegetation, trees, and plants change as the altitude increases. I loved all of the different kinds of evergreen trees. The residents, whether rich, poor, or somewhere in between, all take great pride in their landscaping with so many flower gardens! Landscaping, stone businesses, and nurseries are big business up there! All which keep the area so quaint and inviting for an escape from daily mania. Now I understand why so MANY folks from Florida have second homes there.
Blue grass music being picked and sung on the back porch of the Old Mast General Store.
The best dining experience was at a Thai restaurant in Boone, called Chada Thai. The servers wore authentic Thai silk dresses, extended perfect service, and the food was sublime! After having been to Thailand twice, I’m a very picky and persnickity customer when it comes to quality Thai food. Everything was perfect and anyone who’s in the area and who either loves Thai food or wants to try it for the first time, I highly recommend this little eatery!