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We are blessed to live near the Blue Ridge Parkway. The road courses through the highest mountains of the Eastern U.S. through Virginia and North Carolina. I have posted some of the scenery and trails, but today I wanted to share the signs. First, my favorite sign warning motorcyclists about the dangers of sharp curves:
Pretty clear, huh?
The second sign is a warning to those who are used to a gas station on every corner:
But with the first snow of the season this past week, our favorite signs started appearing:
First, why does this happen? The National Park Service budget is very tight, so there is very little money for snow removal. So they simply do not bother to remove it from the higher elevation roads – like the ones that run around our house. I am often asked by visitors why the road is closed when no snow is on the ground, but that is because the road runs up to 5000 or 6000 foot elevations where snow is on the ground.
Note – Visiting the area and want to know what sections of the road are closed? Simply call the Blue Ridge Parkway information line at 828-298-0398. Road closures are updated every day.
And why do we like it? Because it makes a perfect road for dog hiking, running, or biking. And walking in snow with the dogs! The rangers are always amused to see The Herd trekking up the roads!
By the way, we were not the only ones enjoying the closed roads. Check out who is trying to get some sun:
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