This is the timeline for the Blue Ridge Parkway~
1906~ The idea is conceived.
1914~ Work begins, but ends due to WW I.
1933~ FDR begins the work again.
1936~ The project is renamed "The Blue Ridge Parkway."
1941~ Construction is once again suspended due to war.
1946~ Work resumes after WWII.
1966~ Only 7.7 miles remain unfinished.
1987~ The entire 469.9-mile parkway is open for travel.
The rain slowed down enough to make us say.."hey, let's go for it." So, we picked up the Parkway outside of Maggie Valley. We came across "our" waterfall, found twelve years ago on our third date, when daughter April and I met up with Jim in Maggie Valley. She was checking out Wake Forest in Winston-Salem for grad school, but ended up going to Duke. Anyway, we drove about 70 miles on the Blue Ridge today, taking...oh, maybe four and a half hours! Tee hee, you can't make much headway while on the Parkway, but you do see scenic views that have enough WOW factor to last a lifetime!
The muted pastel shades enhanced by the majestic blue of the mountain ranges, made us think of America the Beautiful song.
Springtime in the mountains, oh, the color was amazing! Dogwood in tiers, dotting the landscape. The sight of the blooming treetops, tender leaves unfurling, hot pink azalea, roadside wildflowers in purples and yellows, mini waterfalls, spitting out of the rockface covered in green ferns and moss were lovely. The roar of the falls, cascading water over time worn rounded rocks, was so soothing.
The hairpin turns, and going through the tunnels in a motorhome, and the low altitude clouds, misting and fogging up our visability, wasn't so soothing though! Temperatures dropped ten degrees in our first five miles. The Great Smokies, and the Pisgah Mountain range are a must see for everyone. We stopped at the park inn for supper, but the mist and heavy cloud cover hid most of the view from us. The walls were all glass to invite the outside in, but not today.
This is exactly what those scary ant hills looked like in northwestern Georgia yesterday!