Day two-we drove to ashville. It ony took 3.5 hours and the weather was great. We took rt 26 which has great scenery. It rivals the parkway. The campsite is great. We are right on the river. The water is very high because of all the rain lately. The campground is only half full. It looks like the schools around here do't get the week off so that is why there are no crowds.
Day three-we did the Blue Ridge parkway today. We drove from ashville to the end at the great smokies. This means we have driven the entire blue ridge now. We have done skyland drive (105 Miles) and the Blue ridge (469 miles) from Afton Mt in Va(the start of the parkway) to the smokies in NC (the end of the parkway). Of course not in the same trip. We have done certain setions several or many times. We love mabry mills south of roanoke, Skyland and Big meadow on the skyland drive, Peaks of Otter and Star Mt near Roanoke, there is a great cafe at Doughton park with great biscuits and country ham, and the Linn Cove Viaduct.
The trees are just budding right now at the higher elevations so there wasn't much green today. The parkway from ashville south is full of rhododendrens. We have to do this drive one year from mid May to mid June to see the blooms. (we have to retire first of course) Right now at the lower portions the dogwoods were blooming. Lots of dogwoods. It was georgous.
Tomorrow we plan to do the parkway north and go to mt mitchell and linville falls. Then one day we plan on going into ashville.
Be sure to check out today's pictures.