Day 72 – Blue Ridge Parkway (North Carolina Part 2)

I awoke to a HAZY morning.  I was a bit disappointed as Reader’s Digest describes Linville Falls as one of the most popular stops on the parkway and if travelers could pick one stop along the route, Linville Falls would be the most likely choice.  I hoped that the fog only hung over Asheville, and headed to the mountains to see what the day had in store for me.  Lucky for me, my hope turned out to be reality.  The mountain tops, in crystal clear skies, towered above valleys blanketed in clouds.  Looking out above the clouds gave me a feeling like I was in the Himalayas – obviously far from it – but the panorama looked magnificent.  I stopped at countless overlooks to admire the views.

It took a few hours to make it to Linville Falls, but we enjoyed a lovely mile hike along broad trails to three different overlooks.  Several visitors were out enjoying the fantastic day as well, thus the mutts made lots of new friends!  The wide trails were a nice change.  Most have been extremely narrow making it difficult to pass with two dogs.  The trails were also relatively smooth and flat…another nice change.  Of late, I’ve had to release the dogs from the leashes in a number of spots just to clamber over the rocks safely.

We made one more, short stop at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, but I knew we had a 2 hour drive in front of us to get to Charlotte for the evening, so we didn’t go for a walk.  With a house waiting for us, I was anxious to settle in for the holiday.  We got to the house around three to find a loaf of pumpkin bread and coffee ready to brew at 6am in the morning – so great!  Walter and Cindy hooked me up again.  Walter even sent me an email with the local Thanksgiving events and corresponding internet links – the Turkey Trot and downtown parade.  Right now, I’m just  enjoying resting on the couch! ETB

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Beth Bankhead

Former public finance professional turned travel photographer and blogger.

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