Memorial Day in the Blue Ridge Mountains – Slideshow

Join the MEM Asheville interns and our trusty mascot Roscoe on a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway, a hike up Craggy Gardens, and a sunset at the Grove Park Inn.

Maura, Chongyang, Roscoe, and Liz enjoying the view at a scenic overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Maura, Chongyang, Roscoe, and Liz enjoying the view at a scenic overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Mountain laurel, which blooms abundantly in the Blue Ridge Mountains in late spring and early summer.

Mountain laurel, which blooms abundantly in the Blue Ridge Mountains in late spring and early summer.

The Blue Ridge Mountains. Before the onset of air pollution, you could see miles farther than this!

The Blue Ridge Mountains. Before the onset of air pollution, you could see miles farther than this!

The visitor center from the top of Craggy Gardens.

The visitor center from the top of Craggy Gardens.

Roscoe checks out the scenery.

Roscoe checks out the scenery.

Four people + one large golden retriever sharing Maura's car makes this dog a good sport!

Four people + one large golden retriever sharing Maura's car makes this dog a good sport!

The Grove Park Inn, a resort and spa that has hosted an array of well-known individuals, from Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Helen Keller to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Barack Obama. Completed in 1913, the Grove Park Inn was built in less than a year!

The Grove Park Inn, a resort and spa that has hosted an array of well-known individuals, from Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Helen Keller to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Barack Obama. Completed in 1913, the Grove Park Inn was built in less than a year!

Liz, Chongyang and Maura ending the day in style.

Liz, Chongyang and Maura ending the day in style.

The view wasn't too shabby.

The view wasn't too shabby.

Sunset window reflections in the Grove Park Inn.

Sunset window reflections in the Grove Park Inn.

Adirondack chairs and a stellar sunset: The perfect end to an adventure-filled day.

Adirondack chairs and a stellar sunset: The perfect end to an adventure-filled day.