A busy day, up early for a run at Bass Lake, then time to explore, driving foreat service and dirt roads
a couple of short hikes
the view of Grandfather Mountain from Grandmother Mountain.
Ended the day at USAT summer singles league, I won my match 6-1, 6-3
Back on the road, Kodak must see everything.
the threat of rain made a change of plans, so I jumped on the bike as soon as we got to Blowing Rock
All the climbing is worth it with these views, and the screaming descent. (although today the descent had a headwind and I was only able to hit 43mph)
after dinner at the Coyote Kitchen, we headed to our favorite hill top for the sunset. I had figured out how to download Netflix on the iPad for a trip that didn’t happen, so now I can binge watch shows like Sabrina.
Kodak kept an eye on the wildlife
until they got too close.
Sunrise from Flat Top Tower. I had wanted to hike to it for lat night’s sunset but was exhausted from my ride for the 5 mile hike. So I got up before the sun and ran to the tower… I missed the very beginning since I didn’t take in the fact the first 2.5 miles was “uphill” and my running pace was slower. Still a gorgeous sunrise and a great run.
If you start early, you get the Blue Ridge Parkway to yourself. In teh first hour I was passed by 1 car!
After eating too much yesterday, I got an hour + ride, run with 7:53 mile and an hour hike to Rough Ridge of the parkway. A good fitness day!
Sam go do something epic for my photo ; )
Linn Cove Viaduct and clouds. It was time to go back to the mountains for a HOA meeting, bike rides and hanging out with family.
Deer in the yard.
An early morning bike ride, a new route to stretch the distance.
But still across the Linn Cove Viaduct and it’s freshly paved surface.
Then time to hike…. my original planned trail is closed, so we started up Rough Ridge Trail
it’s very rocky….
then over the top to the Wilson Creek Trail to make a loop.
A great day along the Blue Ridge Parkway!
After a bike ride, it was time to hike, I chose MacRae Peak because I love the ladders…
and the views….
the actual peak.
waiting for a sun set!
The sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone.
A cow moos back at me after I moo-ed him…..
Bike ride before heading home….
There are a lot of road closures due to recent rains (221 south of Blowing Rock) and teh Parkway was closed at the Viaduct. SO I spent the middle of teh day driving dirt roads and exploring on my way to….
Upper Creek Falls….
and a swimming hole. The water was VERY cold!
Finished the day with a sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway