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Pretty Ugly

Posted April 12, 2010 10:08 a.m. EDT
Updated April 12, 2010 10:19 a.m. EDT

It was both a pretty and ugly weekend in the mountains. The weather was superb. It got just chilly enough to warrant a fire in the woodstove at night. Our hike along the New River was bathed in the golden glow of late afternoon. Attached is a picture of an old barn along the river. 

The ugly part came along the Blue Ridge Parkway which is still littered with debris from a devastating ice storm over the winter. The road is clear for the most part but thousands and thousands of limbs clog the grassy areas that border the pavement. Once you get off the parkway many of the trails are still impassable because of tree damage. It’s the worst I’ve ever seen in the mountains. It’s really sad to see the Parkway in such bad shape on the 75th anniversary year. Parkway officials say they are working as fast as they can to clean things up. Budget restraints and manpower are two of the problems. I would love to see a massive volunteer work force hit the roadsides and trails one week. I think we could really make a difference and let the government know just how important the Blue Ridge Parkway is to North Carolina and the nation. 

How much does the Blue Ridge Parkway mean to you? Would you be willing to volunteer your time to clean things up? 

By the way, a big congratulations to mdoodle for her witty poem on pollen! She wins two tickets to the Bill Leslie & Lorica concert Saturday in Cary. Our band is doing a joint performance with the Concert Singers of Cary at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church this coming Saturday at 7:30PM. It promises to be a great show. I’ve set up a link. We will give another pair of tickets to the person who best expresses their appreciation of the Blue Ridge Parkway.