Blue Ridge Mountains Truly a Beautiful Treasure!

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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?
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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.
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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.
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It really was a clear day when we hiked this enormous mountain, but part of the intrigue of the Blue Ridge mountains is the constant levels of ‘haze’. A super camera, I do not own, so the pictures from my trusty little digital will have to suffice to capture the scenery. Truly, no camera can do justice this natural beauty anyway!
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Blue grass music being picked and sung on the back porch of the Old Mast General Store.
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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!

On the way back down the mountains into South Carolina we bought a couple of baskets of Carolina peaches that are so sweet and perfect right now, that when you bite into one, the juice just pours down your chin and neck….napkins are required! So that’s where I’m going to pick back up again in the kitchen. . .
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that is . . . AFTER I prep enough for my classes which resume next week (advising and meetings are first in order).
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Comments

  1. I enjoyed looking at your photos from your trip. I hope to see more!

  2. Beautiful photos! We are planning a road trip from Maine to Vancouver, to Seattle, to Los Angeles, Los Vagas, St. Louis, etc. in med September. We plan to take 3 or 4 weeks and do it up right. Our swan song, so to speak, as we probably will not be taking a trip of that magnitude again in this lifetime.

    glad you enjoyed my blog; hope you’ll stop by often.

  3. It’s great that u enjoyed ur trip. The temperature there sounds fantastic for me.

  4. oh i live in NC great state love your pics

  5. Sounds like you had an amazing trip! Now I’m craving thai food :)

  6. What a beautiful place! I’m glad you had a lovely trip!

  7. Blue Ridge Mountains are so gorgeous! We haven’t been to the stretch in North Carolina yet.

  8. I am so glad that you had a wonderful trip. I have never been to that part of our country, but I’d love to go there. I love bluegrass music. How cool to hear it from where it originated. Strap yourself in, my friend. I’ve been back at school for over 2 weeks and it was craaaaaaazy! Things have settled in, and I’m back to being a working woman. Summer spoils us, doesn’t it?
    Debby

  9. Ciao Dear,
    Very interesting your trip!
    I found your comment on my blog. You must forgive my English is very bad.
    Anything that you need about the Italian cuisine, just ask me without any problems.
    It ‘been a pleasure to meet you Bella.

  10. I live next to the Blue Ridge Pkwy. It is beautiful!

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