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

Day 72 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

Blue Ridge Parkway

I awoke to another HAZY morning.  I was a bit disappointed as Reader’s Digest describes Linville Falls as one of the most popular stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and if travelers could pick one stop along the route, Linville Falls would be the most likely choice.  I hoped low hanging fog in Asheville, and a clear day in the mountains. 

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.

devils courthouse on the blue ridge parkway in North Carolina

Day 71 – Blue Ridge Parkway (North Carolina)

Day 71 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

It was a cloudy morning at Walmart, yet not a bad view.  I started my day early on the Southern part of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The foggy, misty, and windy weather made my visit to the Parkway feel somewhat eerie.  I was the only one around.  No cars were on the road and none were at our first stop, Waterrock Knob. 

blue ridge parkway

Day 63 – Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia Part 2)

Day 63 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

The dogs and I returned to the Blue Ridge Parkway near the border of Virginia and North Carolina. We made two stops on the Parkway, Smart View and Mabry Mill, before jumping off to visit Eastern Tennessee.  Reader’s Digest explains the names of each stop fit the description mountain folk applied ages ago. 

otter creek, blue ridge parkway

Day 62 – Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia)

Day 62 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

Today the dogs and I started down the Blue Ridge Parkway which connects to the south end of Skyline Drive which I completed last week. The drives, similar in scenery, were quite different in other ways. Skyline Drive passes through a National Park where a toll booth marks a limited amount of entry and exit points.  I believe there were three in total. As such, the Skyline Drive area is more pristine.