A Beautiful Day on the Mountain


I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but my sister Amy and I live in a Picture Postcard

 

The view from Mt. Pisgah, NC Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

A few weekends ago, we went up the Blue Ridge Parkway, to Mt. Pisgah and had a picnic!  It was truly a beautiful day, with blue skies and warm temperatures.  Perfect.

 

Beautiful trees at a wonderful picnic
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

A picnic basket, a lovely day, simple food and good company.  We had a wonderful time, with no drama and a lot of laughs.

We stopped at the overlooks along the way:

 

View from the Blue Ridge Parkway
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

A beautiful day on the Blue Ridge Parkway Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

Overlooking the valley from the Blue Ridge Parkway Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

We saw the amazing engineering on the parkway, the tunnels carved through the Mountains over 60 years ago.

 

Tunnel through the mountain Blue Ridge Parkway Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

Exiting a tunnel, Blue Ridge Parkway
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

We ended the wonderful day at the Pisgah Inn, at the very top of Mt. Pisgah.  Pisgah Inn bills itself as the “Peak of the Parkway”, and the view is spectacular, some of the most amazing views I’ve seen anywhere.

View from Mt. Pisgah
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

View from Mt. Pisgah
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

Picture postcard
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

We had dessert at the Pisgah Inn, also.  I had a chocolate cake, with chocolate ganache frosting.  I added candied pecans, strawberries and a caramel sauce.  It was sublime.  It was also about the size of my head, and I had leftovers for 3 days.  Amy had a cobbler of blueberries and mountain raspberries, with caramel sauce and strawberries, and said it was one of the best desserts she’s ever had (she finished hers).

 

It was one of the most pleasant days I’ve ever spent, and for almost no money.  The drive, less than 45 minutes, was beautiful and as much fun as the picnic or the dessert!

 

If you live in the right place, you can always find something wonderful to do.

 

I’m going to end this blog with a few more pictures.  I hope you enjoy them, and I hope you use them as an inspiration to go and find the beauty in YOUR own backyard.

Namaste, Barbara

 

 

Blue Ridge Parkway
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

 

Bad Fork Valley Overlook
Blue Ridge Parkway
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Bad Fork
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

Bad Fork
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

Hominy Valley Overlook
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

 

Hominy Valley
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Mt Pisgah
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Mt. Pisgah Picnic Site
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

 

View from Mt Pisgah
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Mt. Pisgah View
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

View from overlook
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

 

Into the Mountain
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Out of the mountain and into the light
Photograph and Copyright Barbara Mattio 2017

 

Of Seagulls and Grandsons


Today was one of those perfect summer days. Blue skies with big fluffy clouds. A light wind and perfect temperatures. My sister’s company picnic was held at the Great Lakes Science Center. The center is located on the lake overlooking  the port and next to the Rock Hall of Fame and Museum. It really is pretty, but I digress.

 

We arrived around ten o’clock and the center was jammed with my sister’s coworkers. We made our way to the exhibitions and Tyler lead the way. He had been there twice this summer twice already. He knows his way around. What he loved was the batting cage and a stationary bike that turned on lights. He likes to compete with himself. So we wandered around and checked everything out. Every time I turned around he was at the batting cage.

 

We had lunch and took bread out to feed the seagulls and I used my phone camera to take pictures. He fed them a lot of bread and they really had fun catching it i midair and screaming if they didn’t get any. So he had to actually throw some to the squeaky wheels. It was a successful and fun day. Oh, by the way, he hit the strike zone every time he threw the ball and at nine was almost always at 46-48 mph. I was proud. A good time was had by all of us.

 

 

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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