Traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway on motorcycles at the end of May and it was beautiful. Started in Virginia at the beginning of the parkway and traveled down through to North Carolina where it ends (or is that where it begins), stopping along the way to explore and take in the beauty of the parkway. I have always wanted to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway in the many years that I had traveled from the northeast to Tennessee (where I visit relatives) and it didn't disappoint. The parkway has many outlets that you can explore along the way. We only left the parkway for our accommodations, but will work in more exploring off the parkway on our next trip to the parkway (oh yes, we will travel along the parkway again, maybe several times). We stayed at wonderful bed and breakfasts and inns, which I would recommend to anyone, and you can check them out on my suggestion page. We also explored the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, traveled through West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont with a group of our friends that we travel with often.
My husband and I took a second trip to Nova Scotia. We loved our first trip so much that we knew we wanted to go back and will again (we discover something new every time we visit). We traveled a different way to get to Nova Scotia by going through Lubec, Maine and taking the ferries over to St. Andrews, Canada, then to St. John where we took the ferry over to Digby, Nova Scotia. We stayed in Mahone Bay, quant town on the coast, and visited Peggy's Cove again, where bagpipers were there playing beautiful tunes. We also discovered the Ovens, a walking tour along a ridge with caves and cliffs (also a campground if you like to camp). Halifax - we toured the Citidel, the Titanic grave site and got to experience the tall ships again, great experience Baddeck was on our tour again. While we were there we went to a Ceilidh, a local celtic music gathering (sometimes people will get up and step dance) and the Alexander Graham Bell museum, where we learned he invented more than just the telephone. We traveled the Cabot Trail again, which is always impressive with its breathtaking views and yes, we stopped in Mabu and the Red Shoe Pub.
Our adventures took us to Gatlinburg, Smokey Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Cumberland Gap. Gatlinburg, TN is a great hub for those who like to ride motorcycles. It has multiple rides through the mountains - you can go over the mountain into North Carolina to the Blue Ridge Parkway or to a highway that is nicknamed the Dragon's Tail, Route 129 (it has 315 curves in 11 miles). No matter what rides you do from Gatlinburg, you will enjoy the beauty of the area. We also road Northeast to the Cumberland Gap and into Kentucky. Cumberland Gap has a visitor center, where you can either hike up to the overlook or drive up a corkscrew road up the mountain to a beautiful overlook where you can see for miles and also look down on the town of Cumberland Gap. The visitor center includes a walk through museum that provides the history of the area and a small gift shop. We then took a loop and stayed in a small town called Rugby, TN, at a little bed and breakfast off the beaten path called the Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast. Our hostess, Linda, was terrific, made us feel right at home. She made us a delicious dinner when we arrived and breakfast the next morning. If you are ever in Rugby this is a great place to stay.
I am someone that loves to take photographs and travel. I started this blog because I want to share those experiences with you of my journeys that I had with family and friends.