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  • The Other Direction on the Parkway
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The Other Direction on the Parkway

[This is part of  the ongoing accounting of my weekly-ish searches for fun, thanks to the recommendations of Julia Cameron in The Artist's Way.  For all of my weekly excursion posts,  click here.]

You know how you can get in these weird patterns that don't seem to have any logical basis, but have been around so long they seem like fact?  That's how I am with the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I get on it, I head south - towards Mount Pisgah.  Probably because when I was a kid that was our thing - we went to Mount Pisgah, or Graveyard Fields, which is close by, and that was that.  But this week, I was headed out on a long overdue meander and when I pulled on to the parkway I turned the other direction - and realized that while it is kind of bizarre I haven't done this before, it also means I have basically a whole new parkway to discover.  Score. My slightly nonsensical habit has left me with lots of room for new discovery.  Happy accidents are my favorite.

Anyway - head north on the Parkway from Asheville and you'll come to a couple of overlooks I'm very familiar with from riding a bicycle, but pass those and I'm in uncharted territory.

Turns out - there's a reason everyone talks about Craggy Gardens.  It basically has the most charming picnic area I've ever seen (made more so by its relative quiet on a Tuesday morning), and absolutely stunning views on the way there. 

The idea was that I was going to sit there and work on my cable crochet project (which is super fun and sparking all sorts of ideas for further projects), but the reality was that I was too curious about what was at the main Craggy Gardens viewing area to stay for long, so I headed a few miles further north.

Yep - the trend continued, stunning views.  When the leaves start to turn this is going to have the most magical photographs - and you can get both sides of the road, so I'm guessing there is both sunset and sunrise opportunities.  Will report back - and also will continue the further 15 miles up the parkway to get to Mt. Mitchell.  It's the highest peak east of the Mississippi, and I've never been there.  Probably its good I've saved it until now  - wouldn't want to do all of the fun things at once.


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