The Blue Ridge Parkway holds a special place in my memories. During my few years in the Southern Appalachians few things gave me as much pleasure as an afternoon out cruising the parkway. I have had the good fortune to live in Waynesville and Banner Elk, North Carolina; both towns that lie within 10 miles of the parkway. I used it as a gateway to dozens of trailheads, a means of relaxation after a long day, and one of the most scenic routes to a grocery store anyone can take in North America.
Every time I drove it I would remind myself that this was not a road to take for granted and when the time finally came to move back north I knew the Blue Ridge Parkway would be one of the things I would miss the most. Well, it's been almost a year now since I've had to look at one of those little brown signs and try to figure out if I wanted to go north or south (this was very confusing near Waynesville as the parkway actually travels east-west) and as my way of coping with my "BRP Withdrawl" I've put this little interactive scrapbook together. Some of these photos are more mundane than others but I think, as a whole, they capture all the things I loved most about it...the mountain farmlands of southern Virginia, the rugged overlooks of the High Country, and the top-of-the-world driving experince south of Asheville.