After a weekend with the future-in-laws I decided to take advantage of their home's proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway. For those of you unfamiliar with the Parkway, it is a roadway built on a high ride of the Appalachian Mountains through the states of Virginia and North Carolina. It has very little traffic except during the leaf season due to its maximum speed limit of 45 miles per hour. Anyway, Sunday morning I decided to drive up to the parkway and take on Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain peak east of the Mississippi River at an elevation of 6,684 feet. It was a very clear day as you can see from the following photos. The climb was fun, but the descent was definitely the best part of the ride. The Lew's performed well all-around. Enjoy the pictures.
This is the entrance to the park which is not quite at the top.
This is from the parking lot at the summit of the mountain. The true summit area was closed due to the construction of a new "viewing area."
Two shots from an overlook on the Parkway. Mount Mitchell is the peak to the right of the snow covered portion of the ridge.
Two more shots from another overlook on the Parkway. A section of the Parkway is in the upper left, and, it is hard to see but, there is a switchback section of Highway 80 in the lower right.
Sorry that there are no shots of me, but I never saw any other people except park rangers, who were too busy to take a photo.