Just 40 miles from where I get on the Blue Ridge Parkway...and most of the driving is very pleasant, though I seldom got up to the 45 mph speed limit. On a Sunday that meant many drivers were on the road because it was wonderful weather. But it's nothing in the early spring compared to the leaf peepers (tourists) in the fall!
So this sign says the summit is 285 yards up a ramp. Oh my, what a climb for this old one!
There are some frequent benches, because they obviously know many tourists are out of shape and need to stop and breathe. I was a bit
This modernized lookout has great photo-dioramas going in each direction, complete with the correct names for the mountains you see. It is much better than it was 10 years ago when I moved to NC.
That's Elisha Mitchell's grave at the foreground.
Looking from the observation deck, I chose west as my first direction to look closely at the photographic depiction of what I was seeing, and then to match a mountain to a name. It's so much easier with no glare from a cover over a real photo, or the bronze engravings that were really difficult to read.
It's not that exciting unless you've been to some of the areas around the mountains. To the left are Big Butt and Little Butt, which caused the young people to snicker (and lots of young at heart also.)
On the right across all this wilderness are Big Bald and Little Bald, but in the valley in front of them is Burnsville, which I've visited several times. You can't really see the town since it's so far away.
It is important to make decisions from a place of balance in your life by taking a breath and checking in with heart and mind. Madisyn Taylor