Because there is not such thing as relaxing, we decided to attempt a short term quest: Travel the entire distance of the Blue Ridge Parkway in one season. The parkway is 469 miles of scenic roads from Smokey Mountain NP to Shenandoah NP. We've driven the entire length before, while traveling north to south in a car. We've also caught it in bits and pieces, mostly in North Carolina, on previous trips East.
This time we would be a little different. We like to stop and explore areas while we drive and knew we couldn't cover the entire route in two days like before. This time would take about a week - if the rain held off. We did the Parkway in spurts, adding in a few side trips we enjoyed in the past along the way. While most of our photos are of the Parkway and views from the Parkway, a few pictures from our side trips are also included.
The last two weeks have been spent in Crossville, TN at the East Coast Rally for Heavy Duty Trucks. The highlight of our week was seeing old friends and meeting new ones, but there was much more going on. Except for a few days when winter tried an encore, spring was in full swing here. Trees are budding, birds are singing (sometimes way too early in the morning) and the animals are out looking for food.