Day 4 Blue Ridge Parkway

Trip Start May 03, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Day 4 Blue Ridge 229.7 - 121.4+
Salem, VA

Sunday June 12, John's Birthday! I cooked bacon and eggs for breakfast. The weather was cool, 65 degrees with light rain and fog. We hadn't unhooked the car so it was easy to get back on the road. We started out at 9:55 am and the fog got worse - we renamed the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Foggy Ridge Parkway. This morning we saw a turkey with a chick cross the road. Neither of us could think of a turkey joke.
Our first stop was the Puckett cabin 189.9 where a midwife lived. She started her career after 50 and delivered 1000 babies by the age of 102. The ironic part of the story is that none of her own 24 children lived past 2 years of age. Hummmm
Groundhog Mountain 188.8 was next. We just had to stop there! And I got my picture taken by the sign. The fog made the whole place surreal and otherworldly. We learned about different fence types on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The most memorable stop of the day was the Mabry Mill 176.2. It's touted as the most photographed site on the Parkway. After stopping there we could see why. It was the most picturesque place I've ever been to. Would have loved to have a picnic lunch there but not in the rain.
In between Groundhog Mountain and the Mill we got off the Parkway to get gas and stopped at the Meadows of Dan at an old fashioned grocery store/gas station combo. The food items had price stickers on them and the refrigerated section had plastic strips hanging in front to keep in the cold air. They had a little bit of everything in there. It was like stepping back 40 years.
The biggest surprise of the day was the difference in the Virginia part of the Parkway compared to the North Carolina part. Around Roanoke, we noticed that the Parkway appeared more citified and less well maintained. There were people living along it, fewer wild flowers, fewer vistas, poorly designed pull offs and Kudzu everywhere.
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