Over the weekend, we (that is me, my spouse Weston, and our tiny dog Max) drove the Skyline Drive and part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The weather was perfect and beautiful, including some great clouds as backdrops for some of our photos. The Appalachian Trail criss-crosses both parkways, and we walked about a mile on it. Another highlight of the weekend was the picnic lunch we enjoyed. Max assumed any food at ground level was good eating for him. We tried to be vigilant, but he did get a few licks of chicken salad! Since long car trips aren't his favorite thing in the world, I suppose he deserved it.
I was happy to see so many families on the drive (we waited in a long line of cars to get access to the Skyline Drive), especially since there was no cell service to be had along most of it. I can imagine myself as a younger person, and I'm not sure I would have bought into a trip like this before I was 18 or so. We didn't stop at any of the visitor centers or listen to any of the Ranger talks, but their descriptions seemed like they would be engaging for a variety of visitors. I was also amused by the number of precariously perched photographers we saw hanging off fences, railings, and rocks to get their perfect shot. Luckily, I don't pretend to be a photographer of any skill, so mine are all from safe, non-lifethreatening positions.
The weekend getaway was our celebration of Weston's 30th birthday. So, thanks to everyone who sent him gifts (i.e. gas and hotel $$)! We had a really great time, and it was nice to get away from the internet for a couple of days.