Tim and I gave the Blue Ridge Parkway another chance today and drove part of the way from its terminus at Great Smoky Mountains National Park toward Asheville, North Carolina. The weather mostly cooperated until we reached the one-mile high point, or 5,280 feet, and then the fog set in. We had been looking forward to the 360° view of the Great Smokies from Waterrock Knob, but all we saw was a sea of fog. Luckily, visibility wasn’t as bad as it was last week, and the skies cleared as we descended toward Balsam Gap. It seems that we just weren’t meant to drive much of the parkway.
|Beautiful Views from the Blue Ridge Parkway
|And Then, the Fog Started to Roll In
|The "View" Near Waterrock Knob
|And Then the Skies Started to Clear
|Welcome to the Biltmore House
|Barbeque and Pot Pie
|A Dessert Sampler
Biltmore House is a bit overwhelming, both in size, architectural style and furnishings. Luckily, we saved our visit for today. We were told that more than 10,000 visitors toured the house each day on Friday and Saturday. Today, it was relatively quiet with only about 3,000 visitors. The tour of the house is self-guided, and we were able to take our time or speed up as we liked. It was not at all crowded, as it had been the last time I visited.
|View from the Balcony
|Even the Lion Was Decked Out for Christmas
|Kitty Wonders, "Am I Just a Pawn in Their Day to Day Lives?"