Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Blue Ridge Mountains: Take 3

So I realized that I never posted photos from the third trip we took to the Blue Ridge Parkway in late August. I know what you're thinking. We should take a trip there now while the fall leaves are falling. Alas, we will have to save that for another day since the rest of this year is packed with more travels. I can't say that I hate it. If you know me, you know that I am always planning my next trip. More on that soon...

Blue Ridge Parkway

On this particular visit  to the BRP, we decided to do it as a day trip so we left pretty early (before 7 am) and returned pretty late (after 9 pm). I'm not sure I would recommend doing a day trip from Charlotte, it's kind of a lot of driving. But -- whatever floats your boat. Using my handy dandy guide book, I mapped out our plan for the day. We did Graveyard Falls Loop Trail which is 3.5 miles of strenuous hiking. The good news: we got to see two waterfalls and pick blueberries. The bad news: we thought we got lost because of how long the hike actually was. Overall, I would recommend this hike. It is tough but very customizable if you don't want to do the whole thing. Just hiking to the Lower falls was a breeze and you could do it in 15 minutes practically in your sleep. Hiking to the Upper Falls, now that was a lot more challenging. Trust me on that one.  

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

After our hike, we decided to check out some waterfalls and do a quick stop in Brevard where we walked around and explored some more. North Carolina has so many of these cute little towns, I swear. We have so much more exploring to do! The photo below is Looking Glass Falls --and you can see it from the road. No hiking required!

Blue Ridge Parkway

Brevard, North Carolina

Brevard, North Carolina

Brevard, North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway
We ended up grabbing dinner in Asheville at White Duck Taco Shop which was delicious. Check it out if you're ever in the North Carolina mountains. It's super affordable and very tasty.  Saw this watertower (?) on the way out of Asheville. #goodvibesonly for sure. 

Blue Ridge Parkway

Never stop exploring.

   

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