Nathan and I went on a great hike yesterday! Both of us had the afternoon free and without much to do 🙂 While I love errands, sometimes it’s nice to think…Wow, I can just relax and do what I want! Well, yesterday was that kind of day.
So we looked online, found a great place, and headed out. Neither of us had been on the Blue Ridge Parkway this year. It often closes for snow in the winter, so we decided since the weather had warmed up, it would be a good chance to see some great scenery. For those of you who don’t know, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a two-lane road that goes for 450 miles through National Parks. It connects the Great Smokey Mountain National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. There is an entrance to the Parkway about 10 minutes from our house. Thus it was an easy decision 🙂
We headed up the Parkway, drove for 20 miles (it took awhile…the top speed is 45 but with the twists and turns, you go much much slower), and parked at a trailhead. We chose the Flat Laurel Creek Trail and the Sam Knob Trail. They connect to one another and is about a 3 mile round-trip hike. It was a warm, sunny day and the hike was fairly easy. There was a section straight uphill and I got a bit nervous. I don’t like heights 😦 Plus we had to cross several streams. Nathan says we live in a temperate rain forest thus it’s to be expected. Our boots got all muddy and wet but we did see some nice waterfalls. We remembered to take a couple of pictures when we weren’t absorbed in the sights. Here are a few! Enjoy!