Blue Ridge blog: Parkway Day

Marie is turning me green with envy.

After a brief rainstorm last night it suddenly became freakin’ gorgeous up here in the mountain and shows no signs of letting up. I’m wearing my trusty ASU hoodie but will probably shed that in just a few. If you want ideal summer mountain weather, come up here now. Highs in mid-70’s. Lows in the low-50’s. Me? With low humidity comes stellar blue skies and long-range views. It is a Parkway Day for me, Baby!

Blue Ridge blog: Parkway Day.

Go check out the shots that go with the above at her site…And think about me in Texas where my day starts in the upper 70s and just goes up…and up…Beautiful shots Marie.

Localvore in the mountains…

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Shoppers should have little trouble filling their grocery lists this week at either the Wednesday or the Saturday market.

It’s enough to make my mouth water…Every trip we have made to the mountains has included a stop at the Farmers’ Market. It’s where we bought many of the vegetables we ate during our trips…And it was a really great way to spend a morning in Boone.

I sure wish I was going to be close enough to make the trip this week. A cool mountain morning at the Market would be a great place to plan a weekends worth of meals…All of you folks lucky enough to be able to make the trip…Enjoy…We’ll catch you on our next trip to the home of my ancestors.

Localvore in the mountains…

Watauga County Farmers’ Market | Please Support Local Farmers
Shoppers should have little trouble filling their grocery lists this week at either the Wednesday or the Saturday market.

It’s enough to make my mouth water…Every trip we have made to the mountains has included a stop at the Farmers’ Market. It’s where we bought many of the vegetables we ate during our trips…And it was a really great way to spend a morning in Boone.

I sure wish I was going to be close enough to make the trip this week. A cool mountain morning at the Market would be a great place to plan a weekends worth of meals…All of you folks lucky enough to be able to make the trip…Enjoy…We’ll catch you on our next trip to the home of my ancestors.

Saturday in Boone

Watauga County Farmers’ Market | Please Support Local Farmers

Watauga County Farmers’ Market would like to thank everyone who visited the Wednesday market on opening day. We will continue to have a selection of local produce, plants and hand crafts on Wednesday mornings until the middle of September.

Don and Roger Owens use their greenhouses and season extenders to provide ripe produce as early as possible. They will be harvesting all of summer’s goodness through the next few weeks. Other growers expect to be harvesting the first of the tomatoes to begin to ripen in the next couple of weeks.

Charles Church will be harvesting broccoli for the market this Saturday. He should also have plenty of onions, and cabbage very soon.

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Saturday in Boone

Watauga County Farmers’ Market | Please Support Local Farmers

Watauga County Farmers’ Market would like to thank everyone who visited the Wednesday market on opening day. We will continue to have a selection of local produce, plants and hand crafts on Wednesday mornings until the middle of September.

Don and Roger Owens use their greenhouses and season extenders to provide ripe produce as early as possible. They will be harvesting all of summer’s goodness through the next few weeks. Other growers expect to be harvesting the first of the tomatoes to begin to ripen in the next couple of weeks.

Charles Church will be harvesting broccoli for the market this Saturday. He should also have plenty of onions, and cabbage very soon.

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Happy New Year

Ever since I rolled my daily posting over to Coffee Muses I have felt like I was neglecting this site. Believe me it’s not because the dream isn’t still prominent in my mind. As a matter of fact, I am hoping to make the dream of living in the mountains a reality in just a few short years.

We haven’t really settled on a location…We are still up in the air even over whether it will be North Carolina or Virginia. It will be somewhere within spitting distance of the Blue Ridge (it may well require a very strong wind at my back).

The mountains call me home…

Blue Ridge Country Magazine has a feature this month titled “Where Do You Want To Be”. In a piece On “Roan Mountain; The Trip That Changed My Life” Elizabeth Hunter talks of her first visit to Roan Mountain 40 years ago. She says…

My heart’s anchor lept overboard, dropped, bumped along the bottom and caught. I’d stumbled on a place I would never say goodbye to. I knew it then; I know it now.

Roan speaks to me the same way. The above photo was taken at the end of the road along Roaring Creek on the North Carolina side of Roan. Every trip to the mountains also includes a stop somewhere on Roan or within sight of the mountain.

Until next trip…

The Barn

The Barn behind the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Taken on November 13, 2007. Processed with Photomatix Pro.

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Mast General Store – Since 1883

This is where I wish I was right now. A bottle of ginger beer and a rocker on the back porch of the Mast in Valle Crucis…

Nestled in a secluded mountain valley, you’ll discover spectacular foliage, rustic countryside and a place Charles Kuralt calls, “… a destination.” That place is the Mast General Store in the rural historic district of Valle Crucis. Since 1883, we’ve been outfitting the Appalachians with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear and quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. When in the North Carolina High Country, we invite you to warm up by the potbellied stove, mail a letter at the corner post office, and discover for yourself why…..

Mast General Store – Since 1883

Reflections on fall in the mountains.

We have split our trip to the North Carolina mountains in two with a few days in Virginia where I sit in the Hotel Floyd blogging right now. The weather for the most part has been glorious, the people have been friendly, and the drive has been a joy. Everyone keeps telling me that the leave color is not up to par but from this boy from the Texas coast, I ain’t ever seen color like this in the fall.

Asheville was beautiful as was the drive to and from. The colors were vivid all the way to Charlottesville. The drive back down the Blue Ridge Parkway gave us the opportunity to enjoy a bit of snow as well.

Here is a slide show of what we have seen…

Reflections on fall in the mountains.

We have split our trip to the North Carolina mountains in two with a few days in Virginia where I sit in the Hotel Floyd blogging right now. The weather for the most part has been glorious, the people have been friendly, and the drive has been a joy. Everyone keeps telling me that the leave color is not up to par but from this boy from the Texas coast, I ain’t ever seen color like this in the fall.

Asheville was beautiful as was the drive to and from. The colors were vivid all the way to Charlottesville. The drive back down the Blue Ridge Parkway gave us the opportunity to enjoy a bit of snow as well.

Here is a slide show of what we have seen…