Yesterday was Mother’s Day. The kids are always asking to go to the mountains, which can be seen from several spots near our home; the forecast predicted a great cool spring day; and the opportunity to stretch Moby’s legs after her long winter rest combined to make Martha’s request a perfect way to celebrate. She asked to drive up to Shenandoah National Park for a picnic brunch and ride along Skyline Drive, a road which runs along the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Adding to the appeal of the trip was the fact that this visit would be the first for Moby and the first in a bus for over ten years.
Though we only drove the northern 30 miles or so, Skyline Drive, according to the website, runs 105 miles from one end of the park to the other and is the northern tip of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Both were projects started during the Great Depression as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) under the New Deal. Work began on Skyline Drive in 1931 and the road opened in 1939. The Blue Ridge Parkway was started in 1935 but not finished until 1985 and, together with Skyline Drive, runs from Front Royal, Virginia in the north to Great Smokey Mountain National Park down south in Tennessee. I drove the route from the Smokies up to Asheville, North Carolina during my cross-country trip, most of Skyline Drive, and now hope we might be able to traverse the entire route one spring or summer as it is an absolutely spectacular drive and a great way to see Appalachia. But for now, we just went for the morning and a great time was had by all.