Blue Ridge Parkway: Floyd to Front Royal

Parkway view with clouds

This northern section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia is more rural than wilderness and more populated. And still beautiful. Our last day on the parkway began with one last look at the amazing pink weeping cherry in front of the Pine Tavern Lodge. We tried to grow one of these and failed miserably.  … Read more

Blue Ridge Parkway: Blowing Rock to Floyd

mountains and clouds

This middle stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway spans North Carolina and Virginia. As you head north the mountains get less rugged and the valleys between them wider. Blowing Rock looked like a nice little town, from what we could see through the fog and with most of the businesses closed for the pandemic. Our … Read more

Blue Ridge Parkway: Maggie Valley to Blowing Rock

trees and mountains

We tried to do the Blue Ridge Parkway back in 2013 and had to stop due to car trouble. So we’re back to try it again, once again starting from the southern, more rugged end. This is a beautiful stretch and a nice day’s drive with stops for lookouts, photos, and some hiking.  Back in … Read more