I’ve been lucky during my stay in the North Carolina mountains. My main concern when coming here in November -was the winter weather. I’ve been living in 80-90 degree weather for some time, and frankly don’t like the cold and snow that can be expected in November, December and now January. But like I said, I’ve been relatively lucky – no snow and only brief stretches of sub-zero cold.
But that has changed the last few days, with temps in the 30s during the day and blustery winds making it that much chillier. Today, my last day here, made it up to about 40 degrees, although it was a nice, sunny day.
So to kill some time, my daughter suggested a ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the mountain views. Once the car warmed up, it seemed like a good idea.
We drove for about an hour or so, along winding, 2-lane roads with the roadway falling off sharply on one side, large hardwoods lining the road, their leafless skeletons bearing testimony to the presence of winter. Along the way, we could see where water had immersed from the rock walls above us, freezing on its way down the side of the mountain. So naturally we had to take a few pictures.
Later, we had a final family dinner at a local BBQ place. Tomorrow, it’s on to Thailand.