Scenic Sunday: Above the Clouds (Sometimes)

Looking down on clouds from View John Rock overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina. August 4, 2011.

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I took Betsy to Asheville, North Carolina, to celebrate her birthday.  Fortunately we both love that part of the country and are happy for any excuse to go there.  As usual, we were in no hurry, so we took the scenic route by getting on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Maggie Valley and taking that to Asheville.  It took much longer than the interstate would have taken, but the scenery was much more enjoyable.

Thursday started out partly cloudy, but as the afternoon wore on the skies became more and more overcast.  We found it hard to get good pictures until we got near View John Rock overlook (Milepost 419).  There we found we could look down on clouds in the valleys below us, as you can see from the picture above.

The view from Cherry Cove overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina. August 4, 2011.

We stopped at the next several overlooks if we could see clouds below us.  This gave us a very pretty view, even if the day was cloudy.

Blue skies above low clouds in the valleys. August 4, 2011.

As we approached Mount Pisgah, breaks began to appear in the clouds overhead.  This allowed us to see blue skies and sun light above the clouds in the valley below.

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12 Responses to “Scenic Sunday: Above the Clouds (Sometimes)”

  1. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Oh, what a lovely trip! How delightful that you are able to make these trips and share them with us! Thank you, George! Hope you have a wonderful week!


  2. Mildred Says:

    Very nice photos, George! Sounds like a great way to celebrate.

  3. The Incredible Woody Says:

    Such a beautiful area! We spent a couple of months on a job near Boone. It was heaven!

  4. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Beauty can be found in all kinds of weather,as your pictures clearly show.I love those clouds in the valley.

  5. dayphoto Says:

    The nice part of being retired…is there really is no hurry. Not anymore. Love the photo!


  6. ladyfi Says:

    Those views are just splendid!

  7. Karin Says:

    Such an awe inspiring view – to be above the clouds! Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Blessings to you both!

  8. Busy Bee Suz Says:

    Cloudy or not, those are amazing views.
    You are the sweetest husband…glad you both enjoyed the weekend!!!

  9. happyone Says:

    Gorgeous photos. So glad you and Betsy enjoyed your long weekend. : )

  10. Rose Says:

    Oh, my, love these photos, George! They are wonderful.

  11. Linnea Says:

    Amazing view above the clouds. That first shot reminds me of the mountain views in Costa Rica…you could have fooled me!

  12. Loren Says:

    What a beautiful view! I think I could have just stayed there all day and been as happy as could be!! 🙂

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