I had a little taste
of the Parkway in 2001 during my first year of fulltiming on a weekend
trip to Asheville. I remember being fascinated that the distant
mountains actually looked blue - I hadn't realized they were that
serious about the name! When I found myself on the east coast again,
I made it a goal to RV the entire parkway from start to finish.
Officially, the Parkway runs 469 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park in North Carolina to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
I am determined to see every single milepost!
Since I'm also doing
Parkway pages for Malia's
Miles for my RVing buddies, I'll include links to those pages
listed on the right in case you just can't see enough pics of this
gorgeous part of the country.
Even though this certainly
wasn't mom's first RV trip with me, she was still as excited as
a 6 year old about to meet Santa Claus. Or maybe as excited as
she was when she really did meet Santa Claus at the North Pole
on our return trip from Alaska.
Or when she met Mickey Mouse in Disney World during our grand
tour of Florida(never did get one of those 'round-to-its" for those picture
pages but it sure was fun!) Or maybe as thrilled as she was
at hugging redwoods and sequoias all along the California
and Oregon coasts. Probably not as thrilled as when we went
to visit family in New
Orleans and Sacramento,
but still thrilled!
So in continuing the tradition
of "grand tours" we started at the begining at Milepost
469 and figure on it taking a month to drive the whole distance
because there's so much we want to see along the way.
and views such as these to gawk at, a month probably won't be long
are so many pulloffs with amazing views - some with really weird
names. We thought this one appropriate for us both to pose with.
This was about 7 miles from the very beginning of the Parkway.
where we began to meet up with clouds crossing the road. It was
a surreal trip to drive through that cool mist. We opened the windows
and stuck our hands out and pretended we were flying through the
the rhododendrons are amazing further up the road where we'll be
next week, but for now we're content with the other roadside bloomers