Saturday, June 14, 2008
Blue Ridge Parkway
From Crossville we headed east into the Blue Ridge Mt. to Asheville, North Carolina. There is not much to say about Asheville other than it is a city surrounded by gorgeous mountains. It could be considered an awesome hippie town if it weren't so terribly trendy and expensive. There is the largest home in America nestled there in the mountains, guess who owns it? The Vanderbilts, that is right the very people who own Vanderbilt University in Nashville decided to establish an elitest Nashville in the sky, hence the name Asheville. We saw a show there at the Orange Peel, venue ok, headliner (Rilo Kiley) not great, yet the surprise opener Gillian Welch phenomenal. We left Asheville a couple days ago and are now heading north along the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is absolutely gorgeous. We have now spent two night in the Appalachains and each night have fallen asleep at overlooks just off the highway. That's right we have gone to sleep and awaken with some of the most incredible views in the area. Our next stop: Shenandoah National Park.