Thursday, July 1, 2010

Blue Ridge Parkway

Tuesday, June 29th

After a shower and change of clothes, I was off to drive a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I started driving up to the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center & Park Headquarters. The HQ is Northeast of Asheville on the Parkway.

I picked up some maps, literature, and a t-shirt. Learned there is a detour south of Asheville. Much of the detour was the same type of scenery than the Parkway. The detour took me past Looking Glass Falls.

Most of the rest of the drive was unremarkable. Like the Cherohala Skyway, its a limited access mountain road. Lots of turn-outs and view area. The big difference, you can really see something at the Parkway view areas.

A quick shower came across the Parkway. When the sun came back out, the "steam" started raising from the hills. The photo with this post is a view along the Parkway after the rain. The "smoke" is very evident in the photo.

The South end of the Blue Ridge Parkway is at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. So, stopped in the visitor's center there to get info. Picked up a couple book to help plan my visit to the Park.

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