Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thematic Photographic 75: "Travel" v.7.0 - One-Tank Destinations II

"Speed Checked By Radar, Enforced by Natural Selection"
Somewhere on the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC - February 2001 (Click to embiggen)

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If the unthinkable should ever occur and I get bored with the North Carolina beaches, a little further from me in the other direction are the North Carolina mountains. Which include a substantial portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway is a nearly 500-mile strip running along the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia that will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2010. I canot possibly tell you about all the points of interest in a blog post, or even a series of posts. (There are guidebooks for that which tell you what you can find at every mile marker along the way in much greater detail and with far more authority.) But I can show you what a substantial portion of your view will look like if you're there in Februrary. Even with the trees bare, the views are breathtaking. And you'll get a short course in the history of the region you can't learn from a book either. But be careful. There are stretches of this man-made wonder that still have no guard rails. And it would be easy to make a really bad mistake. One that might not be discovered for a long, long time. Because overdevelopment in this part of the state would be a tricky proposition. It's hard to build much on a cliff side.
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Daryl said...

Can you hear it? John Denver's singing Country Road

Mama Zen said...

I bet that's a fun drive!

Lil Bit said...

Daryl may be singing John Denver, but the Beatles come to mind for me. "The long & winding road..."

yep, just another reason why NC is the best state in the union.
Just sayin'. ;)