During our drive from Lake Keowee to Margot's parents in Vinton, Va we took the Blue Ridge Parkway for part of the trip.
This is Mabry Mill. It is the most photographed spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway they say. I'm sure there are some nicer photos in better light out there.
We got on the parkway at Fancy Gap - just across the border in Virginia on I-77. The road conditions are great - very smooth and on a Friday afternoon essentially no traffic. The only bad thing is the speed limit is 45 MPH. In the curvy sections that's about right but in a lot of places it was hard to keep below 55.
This is an aqueduct that brings water from a pond to the mill. Not sure how long it is. We didn't walk to the end.
This a blacksmith shop on the site. No one was working there when we went by.
Mabry Mill on Wikipedia
Google Maps - Mabry Mill
There are some spectacular overlooks on the parkway. I think this one looks in Castle Rock Gorge.
The parkway passes about 1/2 a mile from Ed and Nancy's home so it is pretty convenient from that respect.
Lots of wildflowers even at the end of May.
Not sure what this is - maybe Oxalis?
Not sure where this is.
You can see for miles and miles from some of the overlooks.
Margot took this picture out the car window.
It is a Flame Azalea or Rhododendron calendulaceum.
We stopped at the Chateau Morrisette winery that was just off the parkway. We didn't really do any tasting but did buy a bottle for dinner.
They have a pretty nice facility there.
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I also picked up one more state - Alabama. If you know anyone in Nevada, New Mexico, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, Vermont, Delaware or Washngton, D.C. please send them a link to the blog.
You can catch up on the earlier part of the trip by clicking here --- > Lake Keowee