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....
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.
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.