Up early this morning and back on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We are picking up where we left off yesterday.
We hadn’t gone very far before we encountered a detour which took us off of the Parkway and it was about 10 miles further North that we were able to get back on. That portion that we had to detour was having the classic stone wall restored and repaired.
Pretty soon we cross the State line into Virginia.
It has been many years since I have seen a “Gulf Gas Station” but we are seeing lots of them in North Carolina and now Virginia. I like the brilliant colours, and the price is much cheaper than at home.
As there was yesterday, there are many pull offs and scenic vistas along our route. Here is one, The Groundhog Mountain Overlook. There is an observation deck and some examples of different styles of wooden fencing.
A bit further North, we stopped at Mabry Mill, bought a few souvenirs and walked around the site. There is an old mill here with a water wheel. They actually still grind grains here and sell bread in their store made from the ground wheat. A great photo opportunity, right here at the side of the road.
Some of the scenery we see as we drive along.
We then spotted a white tail deer ahead of us on the road, so we stopped and watched and then we saw the 2 fawns that were following her. We gave them plenty of time and room to get across the road.
This is Abbot Lake.
This is a squirrel that was sitting in the middle of the road, he posed long enough for us to get his photo before scampering off into the forest.
Otter Lake, another picture good enough to be a postcard.
We saw another deer crossing the road ahead of us.
And then we came to the only tunnel in Virginia. If you recall, North Carolina had 25 tunnels. This is the Bluff Mountain Tunnel.
Shortly after passing through the tunnel we come to the end of our drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. That was a very enjoyable scenic drive. We would like to do this drive again and it would be a good drive to do in the fall with all the fall colours.
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