The Sky’s the Limit!

We set off yesterday for a drive along the Blue Ridge Mountain’s Skyland Drive in Virginia. The lush autumn day left only a slight haze over the distant mountain ridges above the tidy valleys dotted with farms and villages. Easy to see why they’re called the Blue Ridge Mountains.

I noticed signs along the roadway commemorating the work of the engineers and laborers who carved these crazy, curving roadways and paths out the mountains’ faces and through the deep forests.

The construction of the Skyland Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1931, two years into the Great Depression, as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s WPA “Back to Work” national program.   

WPA workers shoveling plant material
WPA workers shoveling plant material.


How fortunate we are that this beautiful area was preserved for us to enjoy –  the roads clinging to the mountains, stone bridges and low walls holding back the forest – our legacy from the hardworking laborers of that terrible time.

I thought to myself, “We can do this again – make lemonade out of the lemons of economic collapse.”

Our recent election with its broad and deep voting base showed me that we are once again  shouldering our responsibilities – “Let’s get to work.”  Like the men and women who survived the Great Depression of 1929, we too will make the best of a bad situation – the Great Recession of 2008.

We too will  find ways to protect and enrich our planet and our nation, to leave a legacy of strength and beauty for future generations to cherish and admire.


About J. F. Booth

I am a writer and educator.
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6 Responses to The Sky’s the Limit!

  1. debra says:

    Lovely reminder about what counts. Nature’s beauty around us & her beautiful creatures. Thank you for your delightful posting!

  2. says:

    I agree!! We can do this again. Great article.



  3. john says:

    First image of the photo t was a brief resemblance to the Great Wall of China which I didn’t built. Nor did I build Skyline Drive. Clearly this latest of your delightful writings is merely a thinly disguised editorial message. Nevertheless, your attempt to veil your gloating over Barack Obama’s election is now revealed.

  4. Carolyn Egeli says:

    How true, Jan. My friend Maggie said that after the election, her heart was just too big to fit inside her body, she was so uplifted. This time might be the opportunity to do as you say…make lemonade out of a lemon1

  5. Barbara says:

    Lovely. I’ll share with Mari– a reminder of our skyline drive trip.

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