In the news…
As the economy decelerated and gas prices soared, annual visitation to the Blue Ridge Parkway dropped by more than a million motorists in 2008.
The 469-mile scenic highway drew 18.25 million visitors last year, down from 19.29 million in 2007, according to statistics from the National Park Service.
The 2008 visitation was the lowest in the past eight years and the first time below 19 million during that span.
I know we didn’t do our part in 2008 to keep the numbers up…Maybe we can make up for it in 2009.