Once a year we attempt to go on vacation. Big, small, far, near….it matters not. What counts is that we try to get a break from the normal day-to-day and do things that are new. Last year, we went on a big road-trip to Ohio, Pittsburgh and then Richmond. This year we wanted to repeat that fun and plan another road trip.
I saw in a Southern Living magazine that during the fall, the Blue Ridge parkway is one of the best scenic drives…and since it was going the general direction that we were headed, we decided to make that one of our points of interest.
Let me tell you, it was like a Mel Gibson movie and did not disappoint.
Our route started relatively flat and calm.
a few times there would be evidence that fall was coming…
but nothing exciting till we started seeing the mountains at the end of the Appalachains.
Once we actually entered the parkway, I was all too excited and told Jer that we should stop, get out and look around….and when I say “told” I mean, swerve the SUV into the nearest flat area next to a drop off railing and pull the baby out.
It wasn’t the most scenic place to stop but that’s okay…Will needed a break anyway.
The crazy part about driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway in October was the trees. Literally all the trees were gold…or orange…or multicolored. It was like driving inside a rainbow.
Oh and did I mention the tunnels? There were tons of tunnels…and so I got lightheaded because I hold my breath going through them. Yes I am 30 years old and hold my breath in tunnels.
Once we got near the top, it really started getting gorgeous. I can only liken it to being in a carpet factory when they are putting the carpet through rigorous quality testing and washed it and then layed it out to dry. That’s my interpretation for it.
Oh and the summit was crazy. Windy and COLD.
You can’t really tell it’s windy unless you look at the leaves or my crazy hair.
We also stopped for me to run up this little path. The view wasn’t spectacular but the path was adorable.
Oh and the sunset was cool too.
As soon as it started going down, the shadow was crazy and bold. It totally gave new meaning to being in the valley with the shadow of death. EEKK!
Jer scored a really nice place for us those first two nights. Here’s where we called home…
It had a separate master and kids bedroom and bathroom…
gorgeous views too.
All in all – great first day…oh and here’s a slideshow with more photos and scenic views. Be warned…there’s a whole lotta trees so if those aren’t your thing…well, wait for day four…it’s a monumental city day 🙂