Unfortunately it is still very ove cast this morning with rain in the forecast. We are on the road by 9:30AM, but no rain so far. Our plan is to head down to the North Carolina border and pick up the BlueRridge Parkway as it heads into North Carolina at Fancy Gap, VA. We toy with the idea of going over to Mount Airy....Maybury, USA, but even though it is not raining, the sky still looks iffy.
The Parkway is one of Carolyn’s life long all time favorite drives, especially the part in North Carolina. There are no towns, signal lights, stop signs or trucks just a good road with exits leading to near-b, very small towns, lovely over looks and great picnic areas, nice walks and a few mountain craft centers. The Parkway is really beautiful any time of year...in the sunshine and rather spiritual...in the mist, but no fun...in the rain! The park service does close the road during the winter months for snow.
At first, we have heavy overcast, but we can see the valleys and other mountains with all the color.
We get off at Blowing Rock and get some lunch. It has turned really cold and we are getting patches of misty rain. Back on the Parkway, we stop at the Moses Cone visitors center which is located in a beautiful old home with an outstanding view and carriage and hiking trails.
Back on the Parkway, driving in and out of the mist, and by lakes
We drive out to Little Switzerland and it is pea soup! So we back track and go down the mountain to Marion and take the low road into Asheville where we have reservations at a Homewood Suites. We eat at the hotel and call it a night.