Boone, NC access to the Blue Ridge Parkway

On Saturday our road trip adventure led us to Boone, North Carolina. On our way, we stopped at Daylight Donuts in Johnson City. You don’t think we can take a trip without donuts, do you? Yeah, I know what kind of photographer am I to not have photos of our sinfully delicious finger foods? Perhaps next time I will remember to do it for you. Follow me, as I glance over my photos and briefly highlight my memories of my visit on the Blue Ridge Parkway.


image captured with iPhone5s

Before we got on the BRPW, we picked up sandwiches from Pepper’s restaurant in Boone.  We each got half of two sandwiches: The Pepper’s Sub and The New Yorker that came with dill pickles and each had a side, one with pub chips and the other potato salad to go.  This is the first time in years that we have done this. If you’re in the Boone area looking for lunch, then I recommend this place.

We enjoyed our car-side picnic with this beautiful view.


Scenic overlook south of Boone on the Parkway

Just before I took this picture, I noticed a young couple standing in the same spot. The guy was on one knee and guessing by their body language I believe he proposed to the girl. Let’s just say I think she said yes. I wish I was camera ready for that one!


My eyes fell immediately on the sharp peaks of the mountain range in the same spot, as I zoomed my lens in and panning my camera to the right for this shot.


Same shot, as above, except I, zoomed my lens out to open the view.


Also from this same overlook, I captured Grandfather Mountain. We have yet to actually visit Grandfather Mountain, but I hope we will one day soon.


A view of Price Lake

The nearby campground at Price Lake closed to traffic, we parked our car and got our to stretch our legs.


Getting close-up with some tiny blue flowers on our walk. What I need is a macro lens. This will be my next camera accessory purchase! 😉


Caught in the act ~ a Woodpecker vandalizing a tree in a National Park. How do you give a woodpecker a fine? I’m sure he’d get out of it finding a loophole in his case. lol


A gnarled old tree at Laurel Knob Overlook


My final shot for the day and I failed to get the overlook name, but I liked how the mountains looked.

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25 thoughts on “Boone, NC access to the Blue Ridge Parkway

  1. Laura Hegfield

    We have the same tiny flowers in our backyard… I love their little yellow faces. Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro… week 52 opens tonight:-)

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  3. aquariann

    What a beautiful place for a proposal! Have you been to Black Mountain, NC? We stopped there for lunch at Dark City Deli on way to TN and had awesome sandwiches.

  4. sassymodernmom

    Your pictures, as always, are stunning! Oh how I wish the clouds would leave and we would see some blue sky around here!!
    Also a huge thank you for the sweet shout out! I’m honoured 🙂

  5. Andrea @ From The Sol

    I have been on the BRPW and these pictures brought back a boatload of memories. Beautiful, Beautiful … Thanks for the ride and next time please do share the donuts 🙂

    Andrea @From The Sol

  6. Stacy Uncorked

    Such amazing shots of a beautiful area, Cathy! Wish we’d had a chance to get down there one more time before we moved West. I’ll just have to live vicariously through you instead! 🙂

  7. Julie Corbisiero

    Hi Cathy, wow how fabulous the photos are! I’m glad you started the trip out with donuts and then nice sandwiches. Thanks for sharing and I really would love to visit more of the US some time. Have a wonderful day and thanks for hosting.

  8. Dominique Goh

    Lovely views of the mountainside. A macro lens certainly is a great investment. It’s one of the best buys I have for my DSLR 🙂

  9. Rorybore

    yes! we demand donuts next time! pics or it didn’t happen! 🙂

    I love those panoramic views – just so Big. It must feel so small when you stand before such an amazing view.
    Blue forget-me-nots!! My favourite — mine are just starting to appear in the garden now. Normally they are in full bloom for my birthday, but I don’t think that will happen this year. My camera has a “close up” feature — but it’s not like a true macro lens. I’d love to have one of those for garden/flower shots. Or the raindrops I was struggling to get lately.
    I hope the girl said yes! What a nice memory for them.

    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      My big girl camera has a macro setting, too, but it doesn’t fill the frame like I want on small objects. I am comparing Nikon micro lens for a very near-distance purchase. Hopefully, after I speak to Nikon’s tech support I’ll know precisely which one I want. 😀


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