Sunday was one of those beautiful, sunny, clear blue-sky days that we get on rare occasions in the winter. The scenery was stunning. With over 20 inches (500 mm) of rain in the first two months of the year, not to mention all of the snow that has melted, most of our world is muddy, muddy, muddy. But our section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is still closed for the winter because of ice and snow, so we are able to hike on dry roads without worrying about traffic.
While the Parkway is gorgeous to drive, there is something magical about the ability to walk it in the peace and quiet of winter. You see so many details and so much wildlife by walking. Not to mention, you get to really relax with the long range views and enjoy the scenery – because there is no one else to disturb you or tell you to hurry along.
Well, almost no one else to tell you to hurry. Except for young, impatient, “We have to be moving” pups.