I have been saving a section of the Appalachian Trail to hike when we drive down to visit son Tanner and family, living in Roanoke, Virginia. The Trail is very close to, and crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway many times between Black Horse Gap and the James River.
I bet the peepers are going crazy at dusk in this vernal pond. I love to hear peepers! Gary dropped me off at Bearwallow Gap and continued to drive along the parkway as I hiked south to meet him at several overlooks.
I've always wanted to stay at the Peaks of Otter lodge. I thought today would be a perfect day to hike, but oh my gosh, is it ever hot! Just a short 6 mile hike and I underestimated how much water to bring. We missed our rendezvous at Bobblets Gap and my chance to get a cold bottle of water from the cooler in the car.
I saw this just after a deer bounded down the Trail right in front of me, white tail flashing. The spirit of the Blue Ridge Parkway? Someday, definitely when the trillium are in bloom, I'd like to drive the Parkway from beginning to end and stop and picnic and see all the waterfalls and sights. Hopefully I'll get in another short hike on our way back home.