Forests and more Forests

The age old question ran through my mind more than a few times yesterday and today. When a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound if no one is there to hear it? I surely don’t know. But this I do know, we saw a lot of foliage these last two days!

Yesterday we decided to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville to Blowing Rock, mile marker 385 to 290, approximately 95 miles one way. Yes, we are nuts but oh what a glorious drive! The mountains are absolutely beautiful. Fellow Huw Raphael lives in a magnificent part of the country

The weather wasn’t super cooperative but it was acceptable. There was a good deal of haziness and clouds on the upper most mountain peaks but we ventured forth. While driving, a hawk flew directly in front of the car and he was helping a snake across the road! It was so nice of him to do that, don’t you think? (Well actually the snake was breakfast!) The only other wildlife we saw was a possum on the drive home. Oh, and the few backpackers!

The blossoming plants were beautiful. The higher elevations had Rhododendron still blooming as well as Flame Azalea. We also saw Black Cohash. The variety of trees were just as spectacular.

We drove to the top of Mt. Mitchell which is the highest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,648 feet. The clouds were so dense we couldn’t see anything of any distance, let along a car that was two lengths in front of us! It was 53 degrees (F) at the top. I was glad I had my jacket! Here’s a link of what we didn’t see! LOL! What was fascinating was the lichen that was literally dripping off the fir trees like green icicles.

On the drive home from Blowing Rock we had dinner as a delicious Italian Restaurant call Pssghetti in honor of our daughter who, as a tot, for the longest time could not pronounce spaghetti correctly. It seems the owner’s daughter couldn’t pronounce it either, thus the restaurant’s name.

Today we drove to Bryson City and jumped aboard the Great Smokey Mountain Railway. We enjoyed the adventure on the railroad, especially seeing some of the lakes and rivers. The hubster got a yearning to go whitewater rafting again someday.

Tomorrow we head for Virginia to visit the hubster’s brother and family. ‘Da boys are playin’ golf Saturday. What am I doing? Sleeping in as they have a 7:30 a.m. tee time! Afterwards, we’ll head to the homestead.

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4 thoughts on “Forests and more Forests

  1. Oh…man…you just made me homesick. I went to Grad school at Boone (hop/skip/jump from Blowing Rock) and I’ve never really gotten over leaving. LOL! I mean it seemed like a good idea at the time, but I’d go back in a flash if we could. So beautiful!

  2. 6,648 feet: that is high. Sounds wonderful. And I like the look of that Black Cohosh.

    Godspeed to Virginia.

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