On the sixth day of our journey we decided to take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The weather was much cooler, and it had rained quite a bit overnight.
We intended on stopping at the Linn Cove Viaduct visitor's center, but when we got there the gates were closed and we were once again reminded of the government shutdown that our country was dealing with at the time.
We continued to drive a little further and ended up stopping at an overlook parking area. The sign was missing but there looked like there was some good trails. So we packed up and headed out for a hike.
What an amazing find we happened upon. This was a gorgeous trail. It's called the Rough Ridge trail and there are actually several overlooks where you can see the Linn Cove Viaduct. For us, the Viaduct was just a pretty piece of the puzzle, but apparently it is considered to be a modern engineering marvel.
So we continued up the trail. This wasn't a difficult hike for us, but it did have a faster vertical climb than the Black Rock trail we did a few days earlier.
By the time we made it to the top, Caleigh had woken up from her hiking nap. The wind was blowing like crazy and it was chilly.
I love all of these pictures. I couldn't decided which one to share, so I'm posting them all. The joy in her face is priceless. She loves the outdoors. She loves adventure.
When Caleigh was done hamming it up for the camera we decided to make our way back to the van.
We were tired after this hike. Caleigh fell back asleep when we were almost to the van. We hadn't eating lunch yet and we really didn't prepare for going as far as we did on this trail. Overall, we were probably gone for two and a half hours.
When we unpacked everything and got settled in the van we thought we had lost Caleigh's glasses on the trail. Eric talked about hiking back to look for them, but we decided we would come out the next day to search.
When we got back to the cabin her glasses were in a hidden pocket of the backpack. Good thing we didn't go back looking for them! Just another sign we were tired. We all took a much needed nap that afternoon.
Too much nature and beauty can do that to a family.