The Blue Ridge Parkway

by | May 23, 2011 | Impressive Places | 0 comments

6987_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-250 sec at f - 8.0, ISO 400

Instead of taking the Interstate on my way from Ashville, North Carolina to Culpeper, Virginia, I decided to take the Blue Ridge Parkway a full 200 miles from the southern border of Virginia to Charlottsville, located in the north-central part of the state. The Parkway is not a National Park, but a National Scenic Byway, running along the east section of the Appalachian Mountains, connecting National Parks and Forests to create one of the most scenic drives in the United States.

6968_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-400 sec at f - 10, ISO 400

The speed limit was 45mph, but that speed was impossible to keep winding up and down the mountains and along countless ridges and overlooks. But why should I keep it? The Parkway was meant for enjoying God’s creation, not getting from point A to point B. Including a three mile hike and stopping dozens of times to take pictures, it took me a total of 10 hours to travel all 200 miles.

The drive was overwhelmingly awe-inspiring. If you’re ever traveling through that area, and you have the time, it’s totally worth it!

6747_Canon EOS 40D, 31 mm, 1-200 sec at f - 11, ISO 100

7101_Canon EOS 40D, 55 mm, 1-100 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 200

 

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