Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and Headquarters

We will be spending the next six months continuously on the road visiting United States National Parks.

 Treky thought that it would be a good idea for us to run up to North Carolina (about 135 miles) to get a map and information about the Blue Ridge Parkway to help him prepare for our long journey.

The drive though South Carolina to the North Carolina border is nice.

Of course, Tippy wanted to stop at the North Carolina Welcome Center.

The NC state welcome center, itself, is pretty.

It even has one lonely rose blooming.  

We have arrived.  The Blue Ridge Parkway will be the second site under the auspices of the National Park System that we will visit.  The first will be the Great Smoky Mountain National Park - the third will be the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. 

The parkway is 469 miles long and has a 45 miles per hour maximum speed limit.  Treky estimates that he will take four days for us to travel from the southern end to the northern end - considering that we will stop to see all the sights and photograph them for inclusion in our blog.  The parkway is a two-lane highway and is paved.

Park rangers are stationed in the visitor center - there is also a gift shop.

I bought a passport book for 2016.

When you visit a national park, you get to affix that park's stamp in the passport to prove that you were there. Here you see that we now have our first two stamps - a Blue Ridge stamp and a regional stamp.

The Blue Ridge map, due to its length, is 8 inches wide and four feet long.  

Tippy says, "We will start down here".

And we want to be sure to see this waterfall.  I expect that we will "boondock" camp for the four nights we will be in the park.

There's lots of excitement and happiness coming up in the next six months or so.  This will be the longest continuous trip that we have taken.

You are invited to ride along with us.

Ron, Tippy and Treky




3 comments:

  1. Say, check out the Blue Ridge and see if there are low clearances for my RV 12' 5" in height? Sure a pretty looking drive, Treky!

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  2. This trip is on our bucket list. We will follow along with you on this one.

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