the blue ridge parkway

i have definitely been out of the loop and have really missed my blog. but with good reason. i went on vacation home to Tennessee and with my friends took a mini road trip to North Carolina and to the blue ridge parkway. we had such a wonderful drive that i thought id actually look into the parkway itself and give a lil back round into the beaut drive we took. apparently its all because of FDR. we decided to create an Appalachian scenic drive back in the thirties as part of his new deal. the parkway itself is 469 miles and connects the Shenandoah Valley National Park in Virginia and the Cherokee Indian Reserve in North Carolina. It took over 50 years to finish and the last bridge, the Linn Cove Viaduct was finished till the eighties and has been said to be the hardest bridge ever constructed because of its location. We passed by around mile mark 305 and hiked up to one of my old favorite places from college called Beacon Heights. It was amazing as ever. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most visually striking parts of the Appalachian Mountains.