Great Smoky Mts. NP. Drove
the famous Newfoundland Gap Road through the park, stopping at the less crowded
Oconaluftee Visitor Center before heading back up the mountains along the Blue Ridge Pkwy.
Cherokee Res. Drove through tribal lands along Blue Ridge Pkwy where we
spotted wild cherries and the most beautiful views. I was happy here until my car broke
down in the middle of nowhere. Cherokee.
Jackson Co. (3/2005)
Blue Ridge Parkway.
Haywood Co. (3/2005)
Maggie Valley. My car
broke down on the Blue Ridge Pkwy near this town. The huge valley is lined with a few
struggling tourist traps. Many had signs offering "boiled peanuts" (pronounced
"bald peanuts.") The watery brown soup of nuts and shells did not look so
appealing so I settled for grilled cheese. There are spectacular views along US-19 as it
comes to rest at the bottom of the valley where the tiny town lies. Dellwood.
Buncombe Co. (3/2005)
Asheville. A decent
sized city that appeared quite clean. Home of one of the largest homes in America, the
Biltmore Estate. Drove along Blue Ridge nearby, but the road was washed out from recent
Walnut. A very small
mountain town, clearly off the beaten path. Rode through as we entered the Pisgah NF in an
attempt to cross the Bald Mts. Pisgah NF. This is where I drove past a
wild stream for several miles as it made its way down the heavily wooded slopes. There
were old squatters' huts and mobile homes tucked away various places in the thick woods.
Most mountain roads ride along the natural valleys and "gaps" created by rivers.
Henderson Co. (7/2006)
city that must love its local Cracker Barrel because it was packed when I passed through
town. Saw several of the furniture businesses that made North Carolina famous in this
Polk Co. (7/2006)
Passed through along I-26
twice. The approach to the county is daunting since you face a
blue wall of rocks and trees at the foot of the Appalachians.
Only here for a few hours in the airport while changing planes
on a trip from Charlottesville, VA, back home. The airport was
one of the most pleasant ones ever mainly due to the rocking
chairs in the terminal. Flew over a huge lake, probably Lk
Penrose. Pisgah NF. Drove
through the shady forests along the Forest Heritage Scenic
A cherry tree along the
Blue Ridge Parkway in the Cherokee Reservation. (2005)
Here I am filling up a
water jug to fix my radiator in a wild mountain stream in the middle of
Pisgah NF. (2005)
A scene along the Blue
Ridge Parkway just north of Cherokee. (2005)
All photos (c) 2005-06 J. Bezold. All rights