Last week’s WW contribution was a view from the Cherohala Skyway. This week, I am submitting for your pleasure another view that’s off the beaten path so to speak. Bald River Falls is situated about 4.5 off the Cherohala Skyway, but the drive is worth it. This photo is easily captured from your window, but I got out of the car before snapping my camera.
Being the somewhat perfectionist that I am, I try to incorporate musical inspiration to go along with my photo selection of the week. This doesn’t always work too well. Thus, I have decided a new routine in picking songs and that is to use musical talent from my favorite groups beginning with the letter of the alphabet. That being said, let me kick things off from the beginning. Now let’s flashback, Wayback Wednesdays style, A is for…
This 1974 song became this band’s 4th top-ten hit in the USA, spending three weeks in November at number four on the Billboard 100 Hits, just after ranking #1 in October on the Billboard easy listening chart.
Thanks for joining Angela from Mommy Time Out and I for another edition of Wayback Wednesdays. To participate in this blog hop you don’t have to follow a bunch of rules. It’s simple! Just link up your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please).
You’ll find other #WW communities listed under my Photography Hops tab at the top of this page. It’s great to see you today! I hope this becomes a regular routine for you each week to share in my musical memories and my photo ops. Although, I’m a bit slow at making my rounds, I am faithful in visiting every one who stops by. Throw on a pot of coffee and I’ll be by your place soon!
Our family often enjoy get-aways, even if it’s just of the day to any one of three nearby parkways. One of our favorite parkways is the Blue Rridge Parkway.
Near Waynesboro, Virginia, highway 64E intersects with the Blue Rridge Parkway at its beginning mark and extends south to Cherokee, North Carolina almost 470 miles. We have had the good fortune to travel most of the parkway from Cherokee to Roanoke, Virginia.
There are many photo opportunities along the way and the beautiful of the parkway to enjoy inspite the conditions. It’s common on our trips to encounter fog…dense fog and the ambiance sets a mysterious, romantic kind of mood and we totally soak it up.
Water Rock Knob
One of our favorite pastimes is to sit in our car while having a picnic lunch at Water Rock Knob when the conditions are like what’s pictured here. It’s so relaxing!
I snapped this picture from a picnic area one spring. The fog was thick, a slight mist was falling, and a chilly gentle wind nipped our skin.
Mt. Mitchell State Park
Mt. Mitchell is a state park located just off the parkway. Its the highest peak east of the Mississippi at 6,578 feet above sea level. It’s situated north of Asheville, North Carolina (home to Biltmore Mansion) roughly 30 miles.
A few weeks ago, we hiked the short trail to the summit. At the base of summit tower, I captured this from the backside.
I love how the dark evergreens allow the purple clover to stand out and your eyes lead to the mountain view to the right – really pretty!
Sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains
We hung around that same evening to watch a lovely sunset. As we were heading back to the parkway, we turned off the road into the lodge restaurant parking area to take a picture.
The sky was gorgeous! I like particularly how the road leads your eyes to the vivid shades of the sunset cascading across the image.
For more information on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you may want to consider visiting their website. You can download a BRPWY map from their main menu under Tools & Quicklinks, if you’re interested.
Another parkway not too far from our home is the Cherohala Parkway. Technically, it’s called Cherohala Skyway but for years it was called Nantahala Parkway. In the past decade its name became a portmanteau of Cherokee and Nantahala.
This beautiful scenic byway connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee to Robbinsville, North Carolina. You may have heard of the infamous ‘Dragon’ a motorcyclist’s thrill ride which is a 44 miles of curvy, dangerous road, if so then you can find it here along highway 666. This is a stretch of road you do not want to travel, if you’re prone to motion sickness – it’s very twisty!
Indian Boundary Lake
The first time we visited this little lake, our daughters were very small and it was before the birth of our son. I was awestruck with by the tranquillity. The lake seemed so still with no sounds except woodland creatures. Wouldn’t you love to have a house right here? I would!
Bald River Falls
A couple of years ago, we got off the beaten path of Cherohala to see this little gem of a waterfall. There was no hiking needed, you can drive right pass it. It was getting lot of traffic that day, and we made several passes before I caught the right picture. It was worth the effort. My husband is so patient!
The Cherohala Parkway Skyway is home to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Kilmer was a poet (another ‘P’ word) who lived from 1886 – 1918. Below is perhaps his most famous piece.
Finally, this brings me to the 18-mile scenic Foothills Parkway, which skirts the north side of the Smoky’s. It may not be consider spectacular to most compared to its great rival, but it has its own hidden beauty. This is a spot we enjoy visiting when we don’t have time for an all-day affair, but wanna break away from the humdrum routine.
One point of interest along the parkway is the Look Rock Observation Tower, where you can get an amazing view on a clear day. The half-mile hike got an easy rank but I’m certain the trail is over grown and that doesn’t suit me. How can you see snakes? We made the trek years ago when the vegetation was quite tame. Check out, Look Rock.
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I’m participating in Amanda’s Thursday Two Questions meme. I figured I spin-off questions about my Alphabe-Thursday post by asking these…
1) Do you like taking day trips, if so where are your hot spots for some down time?Well, if you read everything above then you see where we like to go. I’d have say these are the top hot spots for us. However, there are other things to see and do which are just as fun. Perhaps another day, another post I can highlight more things to do.
2) A lot of you take photographs, like me, but only you’re better. Anyway, what defined your initial interest to pick up this hobby? I absolutely remember what caused my budding interest in photography. My husband got involved in shooting 35mm in the early 80s. I was in college at the time and began feeling a little resentful of his hobby. It made me feel (unknowingly to him) that I was taking the back seat. This wasn’t true, of course, but the sense hung over me like a cloud. That’s when I decided I wanted to learn photography, too. I mean before that time the only camera I ever used was one of those old 110 film type cameras. Do you remember those? I would cut people’s heads off or couldn’t figure out my composition. I was disaster behind a camera, but determine to learn. Once I started working, Robin bought got a Nikon FG-series camera for me. I wasn’t fantastic at it, but I sure had a lot of fun and I was doing something with my best friend. The exclusion feeling melted and I’ve enjoyed my amateur photo shoots ever since that time!