Headed Down South via the Blue Ridge Parkway


Mountain View Triptych

After nearly an entire week of rain, we were rewarded with the most glorious weather. That is precisely why I wanted to make the most of our weekend. I didn't make a fuss about planning anything specifically, but I knew that I wanted to see a waterfall after such heavy rainfall. And even though I knew the beautiful bright blue skies wouldn't be the best for taking waterfall photos, I didn't care.

On a whim, we headed down south. Having no real destination in mind allowed us to take the long and sometimes painfully slow way. The pace barely matters since you get to witness the most breathtaking views while riding along The Blue Ridge Parkway. I felt like it had been too long since we white-knuckled our way down those winding roads.

Our drive ended at the peak of the Blue Ridge Parkway on top of Mount Pisgah. A perfect place to end up since you can find various free camping within the Pisgah National Forest boundaries. However, I didn't wish to forgo the luxury of a bathroom this time, so we set up shop in the national park service campground. It only set us back $16!

Spoiling ourselves even further, we made the tough choice of eating at the Pisgah Inn's restaurant. We almost chose not to have dinner there because of confusion with the menu prices. They only had their pricey specials posted on an LCD screen while the "real" menu was posted on a bulletin board 10 feet away near the bathroom!? We accidentally discovered it while lingering around the waiting area. I was trying to get Cody to talk me into justifying the expense. He's good at that when he wants something :) I was glad we got to eat there. The view was to die for and the food wasn't too bad either. Before making our way back to the campgrounds we took a short drive to find an ideal spot to catch the sunset. It was a splendid way to end the day.

Wanna see the landmarks we visited on Sunday?
If so, I invite you to come back this Friday for a field trip!


21 comments:

  1. It looks and sounds absolutely beautiful!

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  2. Friday will be awesome. :D

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  3. Love the photo (and the way you split it up). It has that height and sweeping view you were describing in your post. Hiding a menu on a blackboard by the bathrooms is really sneaky stuff.....

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  4. Beautiful! Worthy of that drive.

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  5. Your photo is WONDERFUL! We are close enough to visit those mountains when we need a vacation - love to look out the window and catch a breathtaking view!

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  6. Count me in for the field trip when the scenery is this lovely.

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  7. Gorgeous photograph. Can't wait until Friday.

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  8. What a magnificent shot that is! I'm still saying "WOW!"

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  9. Beautiful window view!

    We'll be heading to Yosemite for our yearly camping trip in a couple more weeks.

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  10. just driving with no planned destination has always, without fail, turned into the most beautiful of experiences for me.

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  11. I love road trips like this. And I'm glad the meal was worth the anxiety (for a bit). I've been to Stanton and loved the drive up from Charlottesville.

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  12. One of these days, I need to take a long roadtrip through the Blue Ridge Mountains...

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  13. what a view!!!


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  14. The blue ridge mt parkway is my favorite drive! Enjoy your trip!

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  15. I'll be back for the field trip and even bring my own sack lunch :)

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  16. Gorgeous shot! I can't wait to see more pics!

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  17. love a road trip and a sunny weekend.

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  18. Love that photo...and the triptych style!!!

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