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A Stay Off Blue Ridge Parkway

Nessa and I have known Jerry Weiner for over thirty years. Well, Nessa has known him longer than that. He was Nessa’s best bud in Key West before we met and he was her ‘maid of honor’ at our wedding on the Schooner Wolf in 1988. Jerry has done and been many things in his life, but he is also a master masseuse currently in residence at the Westglow Resort And Spa in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The Kaukonens travel together a lot… that’s what we do, but we rarely get true family time. We had a couple of days after I got back from Hawaii so Ness conspired with Jerry to book us into the Westglow. We climbed into my big truck and drove on down.

It had been a while since I had been on the Blue Ridge Parkway and it’s easy to forget how beautiful it is. Five hours later we were there checking into the Fleur De Lis house.

The girls walking up Daingerfield.

The girls walking up Daingerfield.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

A delicious dinner in the Rowland House and a good night’s sleep in preparation for a morning trip to the Mile High bridge at Grandfather Mountain.

Here we are!

Here we are!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

I’d been to Mt. Mitchell, but Never Grandfather Mountain. It was truly awesome!

The girls on Mile High Bridge

The girls on Mile High Bridge

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Some consider that Appalachian Mountains to be among the oldest in the world. This is awesome stuff!

Speaks for itself!

Speaks for itself!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Straight down...

Straight down...

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

This is better than my drone! What a view!

Nessa... standing on top of he world!

Nessa... standing on top of he world!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

The back to Westglow and the Rowland for another five star dinner and sunset!

This is au naturel!

This is au naturel!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Another restful night at the Fleur De Lis, breakfast and a goodbye to Westglow and Jerry.

Izze, Nessa and jerry

Izze, Nessa and jerry

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Like I said, to just get away on a trip that is not surrounded with work… well, it just never happens.

Goodbye view from the porch at Rowlands.

Goodbye view from the porch at Rowlands.

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

Short but sweet… and now back home on a hot, hot July day!

Onwards!

  1. John B
    July 13th, 2019 at 15:16 | #1

    Many years ago I drove from Front Royale Virginia , the start of Skyline Drive , down to the end of the Blue Ridge Parkway……Let me tell you that the beauty was just out of this world and something I will never forget . When we took our trip the Rhododendrom bushes were in their full glorious bloom. Many of them were twelve to fifteen high or more. So glad that you an your family were able to take that trip. God is good !

  2. carey georgas
    July 14th, 2019 at 09:08 | #2

    The Blue Ridge is the only place I’ve been to in the country that I’d consider leaving my Texas woodlands for.The Rockies have their majesty, as do the Sierras and the Catskills and Green Mts.,, but the subtlety of diversity, both in flora and topographically, call to me like no other place. Couple of down days up in there will still the waters real quick. Good for you being able to take the time.

  3. Sweetbac Jr.
    July 14th, 2019 at 13:25 | #3

    Try the Veal Parm at Blue Ridge Pizza!

  4. Dan
  5. Mitch Spector
    July 15th, 2019 at 09:05 | #5

    Great stuff Jorma !! Enjoy to the fullest always !! Peace & love

  6. johno
    July 15th, 2019 at 10:06 | #6

    Looks like a great time. A little pampering is great for the body and soul.
    You deserve it Jorma. Glad you had a good time.

  7. eaglesteve
    July 16th, 2019 at 16:41 | #7

    Johnny Winter, 4 years gone, at age 70, … never forgotten.
    RIP Bro