Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway

I love the beach-sun, sand and warm breezes off the water, and the sounds-it’s all so calming. BUT…I’m also a country girl who loves he mountains. There is so much to behold high on a mountaintop where you can taste the air, feel the damp chill of the clouds, and sore like the eagles.

Come spend a day with me as we travel the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile roadway that winds across the southern and central Appalachian Mountains* through Virginia and North Carolina.

View from a mountain on The Blue Ridge Parkway

Entering the Parkway outside of Asheville, North Carolina we wound our way and down the mountain roadway, meeting cars, motocycles, and some fit/hardy bicycle riders, until we found ourselves at the highly acclaimed, Pisgah Inn. We stopped for lunch.

There are no accommodations at The Inn but a decent lunch and spectacular scenery with view for miles in all directions welcomed us. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating made our wait short on a very busy Saturday afternoon.

After lunch we walked the grounds and sat for some time to take in all the sights, sounds and smells of the vasteness of it all. It was migration time for hundreds of a black butterflies floated amongst the grassy hillside and flocks of birds sored toward the clouds. It was an ever-changing landscape that we got immersed in easily.

Since we were quite far from our home in the Upstate of South Carolina, it was time to head back. We didn’t travel far on the Parkway that day, but maybe some day we will take a trip and travel the full 469 miles. Many opportunities await along the way to learn the history of the region, for hiking and biking, restaurants, lodging and more.

What You Will Find Along the Parkway

To learn more, visit https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/about-the-parkway

* The Blue Ridge Mountains is a region within the Appalachian mountain region and is distinguished by its landscape, rock formations, and evolutionary history.

This was originally posted in June of 2020 in response to Weekly Prompts-Weekend Challenge SCENIC and is Updated May 2022 for #FlashbackFriday.

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