Burnside Photographic "The question is not what you look at, but what you see." – Henry David Thoreau

November 8, 2013

Blue Ridge Parkway – The End at Last

Let’s Roll!

It seems like I’ve been on the Blue Ridge Parkway forever, and after awhile, you get a little numb looking at mountains from a point higher than their peaks.  The Parkway is a LONG drive at 465 miles and 45 miles per hour or less, with many MANY stops.  But it’s worth it! And I think I just might do it again the the springtime, because it won’t look the same – just a variation on superlatives.

Besides, a few days on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a nature photographer is like ten minutes in F.A.O. Schwartz to a ten-year-old boy.  Trust me – I know!

November 5, 2013

Blue Ridge Parkway – Day 2

Blue Ridge Parkway

Continuing my journey south on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  For some reason, it doesn’t feel any warmer!

November 4, 2013

Blue Ridge Parkway – Day 1

Blue Ridge Parway

The Skyline Drive runs from Front Royal, on the north, 105 miles down to Rockfish Gap, near the town of Waynesboro, where it ends and the Blue Ridge Parkway begins. The Parkway runs along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for a whopping 469 miles, terminating at Great Smokey Mountain National Park.

One might wonder why these two roads have different names, but they are quite different in character.  The Skyline Drive is essentially a road for tourists.  If you want to get north or south in a hurry, use Route I-81, which parallels the Drive not more than a few miles to the west.  In addition, the Drive only has two points of access (crossroads) along its route. Along the way are camp grounds, hiking trails and 75 scenic (and I do mean “scenic”) overlooks.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is no slouch when it comes to overlooks, hiking trails and camp grounds, but there is also a fair amount of private land (criss-crossed by the iconic split rail fences) and rural crossroads along its route, as well as historical and cultural points of interest. So, despite its nearly 500 miles, the added variety keeps one engaged.

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