A few days of beautiful weather in June 2021 gave us an opportunity to hop into N8475Y and fly from our home airport of Manassas, VA (KHEF) to Asheville, NC (KAVL). We flew south along the Blue Ridge Mountains — at marshmallow-cloud level. Interesting how the clouds hugged the mountain range all the way down.
We had been to Asheville before, and this time we really enjoyed staying in — and walking around — the heart of the historic downtown district. A highlight of our visit was a whitewater rafting trip down the French Broad River — a fun and splashy ride (Class I-IV) down a beautiful river. On the Blue Ridge Parkway, we also enjoyed making the short hike through Craggy Gardens and up to Craggy Pinnacle for a gorgeous 360-degree view at 5,817′.
Air Traffic Control approved our request to make several aerial circles above the Biltmore estate at just 1,000′ above — we had visited there a number of years ago, and enjoyed seeing it from above. Come along with us on this fun trip by watching Bob’s short video below. Some of our favorite snapshots are also below; click on any of them to start a slideshow.