Blue Ridge Parkway

The journey through North Carolina and into Virginia took us on what has been deemed “America’s Favorite Drive”: the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Let me tell you, whoever named it that clearly has never been carsick a day in their life. I legitimately thought I might never make it off the mountain and would have to stake a claim and grow some roots.

However, it was absolutely beautiful.

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A none-too-bright deer above

and a mildly disturbing surprise below…

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As we drove I thought I glimpsed a familiar trail marker and demanded excitedly that we turn around and see! Sure enough, we were right on the Appalachian Trail.

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No time for a hike, but we got our boots on the trail and felt that dream stirring up again.

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I was desperate to get out of the car as soon as we were back in it, and after way too many miles this was a perfect opportunity.

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We drove on and on. It felt like the winding roads were going to continue forever, and although our gps continued to guide us, we had no service and no other resources for direction or information. Therefore eventually we had no idea where we were or if we were ever actually going anywhere. It was super.

On we went.




Will we ever get out of the mountains?



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  1. I saw your comment on Liz Dexter’s blog about a readalong today, and was intrigued by your title – cranes are among my favourite birds! Just browsed your homepage and saw this about the Blue Ridge Parkway. Some friends were doing a road trip from NYC to Miami Beach a few years ago and asked my wife and I if we’d like to come along. It was a great trip, and I persuaded them to do a detour here. The friends were reluctant at first, but said afterwards they were so glad I insisted. It’s a beautiful place. We live in England, so haven’t had chance to return there since, but still have wonderful memories of that scenery. Loved the pictures!

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    1. Crane is actually our last name, so the Cranes we are 🙂 Fun connection to really cool birds.

      This really was a gorgeous drive! I would love to go back and enjoy it more, even with the twists and turns 😅 So worth it.

      Thank you for coming by! Appreciate it.


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