Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fall on the Blue Ridge Pkwy-Part III

Don't forget to check out Parts I and II of our October trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway between Soco Gap and Mt. Pisgah in North Carolina.  Today,  I'll share with you some of the higher elevation pictures --showing lots of beautiful mountain ranges,  but less Fall color at those elevations..  Above is a picture of George, Patti and Neal at the highest elevation on the parkway,  6,053 feet.   Below are more.





I love this picture since  it shows the sun's rays on the mountains.





Look at all of the mountain ranges.  WOW!





This area is just so different --at these higher elevations --from the photos I showed you yesterday.   Since I love both colors in Fall --and since I also love seeing the high mountain ranges,  I think we saw the 'best of all worlds' on this day on the parkway.





I hope you have enjoyed these photos as much as I have enjoyed showing them to you.  If you get to go on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina,  please include the area around Mt. Pisgah in your travels.





This huge rock (found near milepost 424) is called the Devil's Courthouse.   There is a trail available off of the parkway to the Devil's Courthouse --for anyone interested.  We didn't have time on this trip--but I'm sure it would be a fun hike.





Finally,   this is Looking Glass Rock (milepost 418, near Brevard, NC).  I have blogged about Looking Glass Rock before.   Click HERE  to read about this interesting rock.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my photos from the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We turned around at the Mt Pisgah Visitor Center,   drove back to Maggie Valley and had a delicious dinner at the Maggie Valley Restaurant.

Hugs,

58 comments:

Mildred said...

Good Morning, I really enjoyed your pretty pictures Betsy. I hope you have a very nice day.

RH (aka Lucy) said...

I have probably been to that high point but can't remember for sure. I was on the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1995 and was totally enthralled with all of it.

Big Dude said...

Except for a couple of years in South Jersey, I've always live in or near the mountains and can't imagine being anywhere else.

Valerie said...

I hope some day Larry and I will be able to ride thru the mountains down your way. Such a beautiful area! God is good giving us such awesome beauty to enjoy (and care for!)

amelia said...

Lovely pictures again Betsy! The mountains are spectacular and the Courthouse Rock is just like our highways where the road has been blasted through and the sides are just like your picture!!

Catherine said...

That is sure some beautiful scenery Betsy! I must admit, that is much more exciting then my flat prairie land! :)

Happy Tuesday!
xo Catherine

linda m said...

Thank you for sharing. Your pictures are lovely. Sure hope someday to see the Parkway for myself.

Arkansas Patti said...

Awesome pictures Betsy. When ever I see scenes like that, I try to imagine what the pioneers thought when they saw it. Wonder if they saw the beauty or just an impossibly difficult trip ahead.
Glad I am living today and can enjoy the beauty.
Have a great Thanksgiving.

Kimmy said...

I think the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most beautiful scenic views around. Our family really enjoyed getting out and taking in the views on our trip last yr. Our next goal...sliding rock! lol

Peggy said...

Love the memories your photos brought back for me. Have a very blessed Thanksgiving my friend

Sandra said...

I tried to count all those magnificent mountain ranges and I think it's between 8 and 10 on one of the photos. my fav for today is Looking glass rock, the sky is gorgeous, the trees in the foreground, a lovely lovely photo

Dorothy said...

Very nice trip, Betsy! We saw that big rock but you showed it up close and personal! Happy Thanksgiving to you and George!

Tracy said...

Good Morning,
Being a North Carolinian, I am proud of the photos (very beautiful by the way) you shared. We recently took a trip to Boone and Blowing Rock which is always a feast for your eyes.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Beautiful Betsy...I like the one showing the suns rays also...reminds me of a "slide to Heaven"...

Susie said...

So beautiful seeing all those mountain ranges. Thanks for showing us your great trip.

Harriet said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

B. Meandering said...

Mountains, waterfalls, and water: gifts of God in nature that I never tire of looking at.
I just showed my junior general English class the movie The Last of the Mohicans. One boy asked if that place actually existed ---the place where most of the end action takes place. I said, "Yes, it just doesn't look like that in most places, because of civilization.
My favorite part is at the end where they are looking over the mountains and Chinchachook talks about the future and the disappearance of the 'frontier': a sad but true commentary. The view is breathtaking and could be one of your photos.

Out on the prairie said...

It is real nice to see this area. Looking through someones elses eyes and as you caught such a nice day all made these shots remarkable.

Sunny said...

What a spectacular area to visit. The mountain ranges are amazing. This is some place I would love to see in person.
Thanks for sharing :)
☼ Sunny

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The Incredible Woody said...

Beautiful shots. As always:)

From the Kitchen said...

I am sipping a pumpkin spice latte from Starbuck's and enjoying your photos. I love seeing those mountain ranges when the mist hangs in their valleys. I've seen these vistas so many times and appreciate them even more since there's not a mountain within a 150 mile radius from my current home!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Best,
Bonnie

reanaclaire said...

Beautiful scenes!!

The Farmer's Daughter said...

Very beautiful photos, Betsy! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Hugs,
Cheryl

Beth said...

Your photos are stunning, Betsy. I especially love the one with the emanating sun rays---it has a look of holiness about it.

The trail to Devil's Courthouse is indeed wonderful. As is the view at the top...

imac said...

Wonderful shots Betsy, reminds me of Austria.

Pat Tillett said...

All of them great photos, but I really love the one of "Looking Glass Rock."

JKoenig said...

Those pictures are the best yet from your trip. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Betsy,
I sure have enjoyed the fall tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Ginny said...

Well, I'm glad at least that you didn't go into the Devil's Courthouse!! Of course you would have been found innocent, but nevertheless...Wow!! You actually got sunbeams shining down on the mountain!

Ruth said...

The scenery in this area is astounding.
I am sure I could not pick a favorite,from this bunch.
Thanks for sharing these images.
Blessings,Ruth

Diane AZ said...

Those mountain ranges seem to go on forever. I also love the sun's rays on the mountains and Glass Rock in the fall, wow! Really enjoyed all of your Blue Ridge Pkway pics, thank you!

Kay said...

Such beautiful scenery. It takes my breath away.
Kay

Busy Bee Suz said...

The mountain ranges are just gorgeous!!!

NENSA MOON said...

WOWW... what a beautiful mountain ranges.
Very good captured! I bet you captured them from the very high place..
Really love to see the mountain ranges..
make me wanna go hike to the such place...haha.

Thanks for the very inspiring post as usual, Betsy!
hope you enjoy your journey!
hugs,
nensa

southernlady64 said...

Those mountains are just breathtaking and your pictures are just wonderful. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful trips with us. I hope you both have a great Thanksgiving.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Betsy, Looks so wonderful! I want to go there! Have a super day tomorrow! Glad we are getting rain here.

Daisy said...

Very pretty pictures, Betsy. I like the one with the sun's rays coming down too. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! :)

Lana said...

LOVE the picture with the sun's rays coming through. Great shots!

Neal said...

Those beautiful pictures bring back good memories Betsy!

Fred Alton said...

Betsy, absolutely lovely pictures of the mountain ranges! And Patti looks like a midget ? Or is it just the fact that George and Neal are huge men? ☺

amy said...

Beautiful pictures. What a wonderful trip that must have been. Thanks for sharing with us.

Deb said...

I've yet to be able to get a good shot of the suns rays through a group of clouds. Love that picture!!

Karin said...

This is exquisitely beautiful - all those mountain ranges - unbelievable! Thanks for sharing!!

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Great photos Betsy

6053 feet!! Did George need any oxygen? :-)

I hope you and George have a Great Thanksgiving

~Ron

carolina nana said...

Those are beautiful pictures. I have hiked up to the Devil's Courthouse several times and the view from there is magnificent.
Hope you and George have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Marilyn

Rose said...

beautiful photos i love the mountains. thanks foryour comment on my post re thanksgiving. have a safe thanksgiving. rose

Rose said...

beautiful photos i love the mountains. thanks foryour comment on my post re thanksgiving. have a safe thanksgiving. rose

Dar said...

Quite the fascinating journeys you and George have taken us on. Your scenery is always breath-takingly gorgeous. I will miss you while you are on your break. Email me anytime. Loveya, Dar
Happy Thanksgiving and
BlessYourHeartsBetsyAndGeorge

Small City Scenes said...

I love these shots, Betsy. I love the row after row of hills. And of course the colors are incredible. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday. MB

SquirrelQueen said...

Since I see short sleeves in your first photo it must have been a warm day. Those are some really beautiful views from that overlook. That is a gorgeous photo of Looking Glass Rock.

I have hiked up to the Devil's Courthouse, if it's the one I remember it is well worth the hike.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Those vistas are fascinating.

Wish I could see them in person oneday!!

Rose said...

These really are some awesome shots..and you bet I have really enjoyed each and every one!

Janie said...

I love the magnificent light in the last photo, and the rows and rows of mountains make a fantastic view!

Ruthi said...

Simply breathtakingly beautiful. I so love those photos of the mountains in awesome foliage. They are lovely.

KathyA said...

Wow, wow, and more wow!! Looking Glass Rock is especially spectacular!

Mary said...

Lovely mountain photos! The light on them was really pretty.