Monday, October 13, 2008

Blue Ridge Mountains

Whenever I used to visit the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains area of the Appalachians in the lower physiographic section called The Great Smoky Mountains I could almost hear and feel the early settlers from a distance and imagine the likes of some famous pioneers of those days such as Davie Crockett and Daniel Boone to name a few who were part of the areas early history.
While visiting some of the older towns you can get a taste of the culture through food, music and crafts that would delight anyone whether you are from another country or just a big city and who has an interest of seeing and experiencing another time period as you venture from town to town or hike the many trails of this glorious landscape.
Many come to visit the famous Blue Ridge Parkway during autumn to see the changing of leaves an extravaganza of colors that would leave anyone in awe.

This particular image was photographed from Blowing Rock North Carolina in Watauga County, looking west you can see the famous Grandfather Mountain which is the highest point shown and the sharp bluish ridged form which in itself gives The Blue Ridge its name.

If you ever visit the area be sure to read up on its history and culture to make the most of your time there.
You can start by checking out the National Park Services website for one or do an online search.

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