8.26.2014

A day on the Blue Ridge Parkway = Inspiration

Living in such a beautiful part of the United States, my husband and I decided to spend this past Saturday on North Carolina's Blue Ridge Parkway, a mere hour's drive from our home.  Neither of us had ever been on this part of the Parkway before and neither of us could figure out why?!  It is stunningly beautiful.

The Blue Ridge Parkway's road system was built as part of the New Deal with construction beginning in 1935, to link the Shenandoah National Park to the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  One should not be in a hurry to drive this historic, scenic route, as speed limits range from 35 mph to 45 mph.  In some ways one feels they've stepped back in time to a slower, gentler age.

Beauty surrounded us at every overlook....
 ...and every tunnel.  I love tunnels and we traveled through at least ten of these.   All were constructed in this same rock/stone manner.
A short hike near Mt. Pisgah, led us into a shady picnic area to eat our lunch of hummus, pita chips and fruit with sweet iced tea.  I set the camera for a self-timed photo to commemorate our peaceful lunch.
Since this is a sewing/creative blog one has to include our stop at the Southern Highland Craft Guild's Folk Art Center built on the Blue Ridge Parkway, located a little north of Asheville, North Carolina.  A most fantastic place with guild members' work showcased in permanent exhibits as well as galleries with items for purchase.  Photography was not allowed, but trust me, it was amazing.  Works ranged from wood, to metal, to pottery, to my favorite - fiber.  A craftsman was busy showing how she made wool-felted hats and vests..... but my favorites were the quilts, created in both traditional and modern styles.
I have come home completely inspired.

As a side-note here, I was wearing my NEWLOOK 6192 skirt with my white Kirsten Kimono Tee.  We also hiked a short trail at one of the overlooks and my little skirt was so comfortable, though I had thought ahead and packed hiking shoes.

2 comments:

  1. It is very beautiful - even the clouds in the sky, first photo, were beautiful! Looks like you had a lovely day.

    The tunnels look gorgeous - proper arched construction and the foliage frame is just perfect.

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    1. Actually I was thinking of you, my Australian blog friend, as I wrote this post. Tom took the tunnel photo. He had to stop the vehicle and cross to the other side of the road to get that frame.

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