Wednesday, June 11, 2008

a peaceful journey

cruising along the Blue Ridge Parkway

finding flame azaleas

and mountain laurel

stopping to picnic on a rock slab table under the balsams

The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most peaceful place I know. The total lack of civilization, buildings, or commercial signs is very calming. In just 18 miles on the parkway, from Cherokee to the Balsam Mountain picnic area, we passed through at least 4 tunnels, the temperature dropped from 96 to 73 degrees, and we climbed to an elevation of a mile high. A definite recommendation for 'getting away from it all' without having to go too far.

~photos 8 June 2008 along the Blue Ridge Parkway, more photos here


June said...

It doesn't get much better than this does it!

Seeing Anew said...

Oh the Blue Ridge Parkway!!! What a sight for sore eyes! Makes me feel a bit homesick, but I'm glad--I'd forgotten how much I miss the Blue Ridge, the Appalachian Trail, and the Mountain Laurel in June. Thanks for your gorgeous photos. Oh my, I think I'm going to have to head back to Pennsylvania sometime this summer--I desperately need a dose of the mountains, the mountain air, the hemlocks, and the mountain laurel. Thanks for the great posts you do!

colleen said...

Did you see our driveway? Bet you saw one like it.

Mimi said...

I absolutely adore the Blue Ridge Mountains. Personally I think they are far more beautiful than the grand Rocky Mountains. I love the photo of the bridge.