The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway

A Long and Winding Road

 

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is like a great winding snake through the trees, past endless vistas where the mountains seem to recede into infinity. 

Each stop is a celebration: hop out of the car and breathe it all in.  Inhale… exhale… it doesn’t get much better than this.  All the beauty of an American road trip encompassed in one perfect stretch of asphalt.

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway

We take the switchbacks with just a hint of speed- windows down and the wind in our hair as the early autumn sun beams in all warm and golden like the little stands of mountain honey set up on the shoulder.  Sweet liquid sun, like stained glass.  I drink it in as we pass by. The trees are hinting at the colourful splendor yet to come. It is the best of both worlds, this time in-between.

Blue.  Green.  Gold.  Red.

The road is long and there is nowhere else we would rather be…

Ms. Millie in the Pisgah National forest… #1 fire preventer!

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway- Clingman's Dome

the view from Clingman’s Dome

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway- Clingman's Dome

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway- Tail of The Dragon

Dragon Tail conquered!

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway- Nantahala Lake- Nantahala National Forest

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway- Nantahala Lake- Along the Appalachian Trail, Jacob's Ladder

entryway to a little bit of AT hiking

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway- Nantahala Lake- Nantahala National Forest

Lake Santeelah just before sunrise

The Passage- Scenes from the Blue Ridge Parkway- Nantahala Lake- Along the Appalachian Trail, Jacob's Ladder

AT wisdom: ‘go everywhere, study everything, fear nothing’

Sleep:

Pisgah National Forest Campground at Lake Powhatan

Lake Santeelah Campground at Cheoah Point

Hike:

Pisgah Peak: A beautiful day hike just outside of Asheville, NC

Clingman’s Dome: Drive, then take a short walk to the lookout tower to celebrate the highest point in the Smoky Mountains

The Appalachian Trail: There are lots  of opportunities to hop on the AT from the Blue Ridge Parkway.  One of our favourite day hikes to date is a short drive from Lake Santeelah- the Stecoah Gap , also known as Jacob’s Ladder by through-hikers for the thigh burning .8 miles of switchbacks

Drive:

Tail of The Dragon: A carnival ride of a drive- 318 curves in 11 miles!

Visit:

Asheville: Art, hiking, pinball, craft beer, and a virtual ‘Foodtopia’ of amazing restaurants

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