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Posts tagged ‘North Carolina’

Parkway Nights and Lights

Travelers on the Blue Ridge Parkway encounter a never-ending roadway winding through the mountains of western Virginia and North Carolina.  Many of the Overlook views provide a sense of remoteness as layers of hills and valleys disappear into a distant haze.   At nighttime when the traffic on the Parkway gradually disappears, the woods and mountains become darker and more threatening and to many the sense of solitude intensifies.   Read more

Carolina Captures – A Scenic Tour of North Carolina

Summer’s over and all that remains from your vacation are great memories, credit card bills and unorganized photos on your hard drive.  If you are now back in the work routine and feeling overwhelmed by your schedule with meetings and more meetings, too much email or too much schoolwork, I’ve got a special deal for you — an all-expense paid scenic tour of North Carolina.
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Top of the World (….well, almost)

One of the most popular hiking destinations in the southern Appalachians is Roan Highlands.  It has a lot to offer – flaming azaleas and Catawba rhododendrons in the spring time, wildflowers such as the rare Gray’s lily in the summertime, virgin stands of Canadian spruce/fir trees, grassy mountain tops (balds) and 360 degree vistas of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee; all with a relatively short hike on the Appalachian Trail.   Three grassy balds constitute the Roan Highlands.  As one hikes north on the Appalachian Trail from Carver’s Gap, one first encounters Round Bald (5,826’), then descends into Engine Gap before climbing Jane’s Bald (5,820’) before ascending to the top of Grassy Ridge Bald (6,189’).  An up and back hike from Carver’s Gap is approximately five miles.
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