Hiking ON the Blue Ridge Parkway

We awoke and our hope was to drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop for a nice hike.  A short drive from our inn is where the Blue Ridge Parkway meets Skyline Drive.  Who would have thought to call ahead?  By now the roads are surely opened?….

…We arrived to find the Parkway shutdown and the Skyline drive still closed due to the snow.   Well what to do?  Hike ON the parkway.   We arrived before most others and enjoyed a solitary walk along the rode heading upward – There was something so serene but almost eerie of being the only ones on a road usually filled with drivers.   The views were just amazing down to the valley below.  There were indeed some patches were the ice formed on the roadway which I am sure would make it a treacherous drive.

After our nice hike we stopped for some lunch and beer tasting at Devils Backbone. We had enjoyed the Vienna Lager and wanted to taste what else they offered.   We had no idea what to expect.  As we drove up we were surprised by a beautiful huge lodge-like building that looked straight out of Colorado and that was jam packed!   We also visited Wild Wolf Brewing where we had expected nicer surrounding but found the shops all empty – however we ended up enjoying this beer far more and left with some very well priced bottles.  So Devils offered the better atmosphere and Wild Wolf offered the better beer.

We enjoyed another hike in the valley below and returned to Iris Inn for an evening wine tasting followed by a relaxing soak in the hot tub.  This ended abruptly when our power went out.  After regaining power,  I unfortunately fell into a deep sleep in our treehouse above the woods and would sadly not awake again until it was time to say goodbye.

All alone on the Parkway
All alone on the Parkway
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