Outdoor Wednesday /The Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway/ A Giveaway Winner too!!

Hi all and Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday with our lovely hostess Susan. I am also announcing the winner of my recent 100th post give-away! Thank-you to all who stopped by and left comments! I wish I had the means to send something to each and everyone of you! Your friendship means a lot!

Hubby and I recently returned from a trip to N. and S. Carolina. One of the highlights was our drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The scenery is breathtaking and I am sure my pics will not do it justice.

The higher we drove, the cooler and mistier it became.

As we came upon the visitor center the mist became so thick it was hard to see. The temperature had dropped about 25 degrees, it was amazing! One moment I was hot and running the AC and the next I was scrambling for my sweater!

But the most amazing part, are the wild rhododendrons! They are growing everywhere, and as you can tell by my pic, they were a bit past there peek but still fabulous! Everywhere, everywhere pink rhododendrons! Oh what joy! Now, on to my giveaway! My daughter Katie and her friend stopped by to help out. Katie is the one in the cropped jeans.

After a lot of cutting and folding ( 3 entries for my followers) we have a WINNER!

Congratulations to Loretta! Loretta has been a great blogging buddy. She is always looking things up for me and is such a lovely lady! I found her blog because I loved Cherries and when I saw the name, Under the Wild Cherry Trees, I just knew I had to check it out! If you have missed her blog head on over by clicking the link above! Thanks again to everyone who participated! Happy Outdoors! Cindy


  1. Congrats to you winner, Cindy! Those were some neat prizes!

    And speaking of neat, those are great pictures. Pretty flowers, mountatin mist, and that tunnel AND two pretty girls!

    Thanks for sharing and a Happy Outdoor Wednesday to you!


    Sheila :-)

  2. We love the Blue Ridge Mountains and have visited there several times over the years. You were lucky to be there when the rhodas were in bloom. Thanks for reminding me of wonderful memories.


  3. Great photos. Congrats. to the winner. Your daughter and her friend are both pretty young ladies.

  4. Oh Cindy! I'm so excited about winning your giveaway! I love everything and can't wait to receive it!
    What a great trip you had. I'm glad you made it home safe. We had a similar experience on a trip to Hawaii where the higher we climbed in the mountains the cooler it got. It was amazing! Those wild
    rhododendrons are gorgeous! We don't have anything that beautiful growing wild around here! Thank you again for the fabulous giveaway! Big hugs to you my friend! Loretta

  5. What great photos you have there. We have, in Pennsylvania, growing wild what we call Mountain Laurel and it is just like a rhododendron. In fact it is our State flower.

  6. Awww. what beautiful girls!

    Congrats to the winner!

  7. I love the picture of the tunnel and the mist. The wild flowers are beautiful!

  8. I love that area. Most of my childhood vacations were spent in Gatlinburg. I haven't been in several years. Your photos make me want to go.

  9. The picture of the tunnel and all the mist is my favorite. Beautiful and a little erry at the same time : )

  10. The wild rhodies are beautiful! Looks like a great trip..hope you had fun!
    Your dau is lovely! Must take after her mom!

  11. Congrats to your winner!! What a beautiful trip you had. The mountainside is lovely.. and all that mist is incredible.. what a lovely post..hugs ~lynne~

  12. Congrats to Loretta for winning a very generous package. Cindy, your pictures are breathtaking and your daughter is beautiful!...Christine

  13. Cindy, congrats to Loretta! Love the pictures and the "models" at the bottom of the post. LOL

  14. Very pretty post. It looks like a fun drive you had.

    Congrats to Loretta!

    Have a great day!

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  15. I think you did a great job on the photos. The first is my favorite, you can really see where the get the name "Blue Ridge"!


    Your pictures are just beautiful...I do believe that area is just the prettiest in the US!


  17. I've visited the same places in NC and it's as lovely as your pictures show. Thanks for sharing. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

  18. Hi Cindy! Congrats to your winner! And I love your photos! Having grown up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I have them in a special place in my heart! Cute girls!! Enjoy your week!...hugs...Debbie

  19. Hi Cindy, love your pictures. I have always loved the Blue Ridge Parkway....charming.

    Congratulations to Loretta. Happy Outdoor Wednesday to you!


  20. What a lovely trip you took us on. I love the midst.

    Typically I find the music that pops up kinda annoying -- but yours was fun!

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥

  21. PRETTY place... love the tunnel photo!

  22. I loved your pics of the mountains!

    Donna marie

  23. We travel a lot through the mountains and it can really be deceiving weather wise. Always be prepared for any kind of weather.
    That rhodo looks really old. Things grow much more slowly in the higher altitudes so I would imagine it is really much older than it looks.

  24. Your pictures are terrific. I love the way you were able to capture the mist. Your daughter is a lovely young woman.

  25. Those are amazing photos! I love the one with the mist in the trees right above that tunnel!
    I hope you have a fabulous week!
    ~Really Rainey~

  26. There is always something special to see along the Parkway. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
    Mama Bear

  27. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of our country's most beautiful drives ... the valleys, the peaks & the Heavens above ... breathtaking. TTFN ~Marydon

  28. I enjoyed those pics and congrats to the winner.


  29. Beautiful scenes.Great shots and post.
    Happy outdoor.

  30. Just darling, Cindy! I love red and white as much as I do blue and white, and have some beauties to show one of these weeks! You found some fantastic buys - .25 cents for plates - wow! I need to shop at THAT store!

  31. Cindy, this is a beautiful drive, and you captured that beauty in your photos. Speaking of photos, I love your big, beautiful photos! Your daughter and her friend are so pretty. As usual, I'm running behind on my blog reading. Congratulations to the winner. laurie


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy