Down East Road Trip – The Blue Ridge Parkway

469 Miles of Grandeur Without a Single Stop Sign

Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway

Over the years, we’ve logged many miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway – from rainy spring afternoons to brisk autumn mornings – though we’ve never come close to driving the full 469 miles of the parkway. But on this trip, we decided to rectify that problem. So, we set aside two full days to wind our way from the end of the Parkway near Cherokee, NC to its nexus in Rockfish Gap, VA. We may have had some hiccups along the way…

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Down East Road Trip – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Finding Quiet in the Smoky Mountains on a Very Busy 4th of July Weekend

Great Smoky Mountain National Park - Sunset on Clingmans Dome

So… When we were planning our trip early this year, we knew many of the parks we visited can be busy during the summer, and while we planned around much of the busyness by visiting the most popular parks during mid-week, we weren’t so lucky with the Smoky Mountains. While our first park of the trip, Mammoth Caves, was relatively quiet, The Smokey Mountains were quite the opposite. Yet even so, the park is big by eastern standards and we were able to find spots of quiet respite along the way.

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Down East Road Trip – Mammoth Cave National Park

Exploring the largest cave system in the world and the park above it

This summer, we had the great privilege of escaping the sweltering Florida heat and spending five weeks on the road, photographing most of the national parks east of the Mississippi, as well as a half dozen or so other National Park Service monuments, memorials and battlefields along the way. Our first stop was Mammoth Cave National Park.

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August 2019 Jacksonville Cars and Coffee

Our Mega Gallery from Jacksonville Car Culture’s August Cars and Coffee

August 2019 Jacksonville Cars and Coffee - The Avenues Mall

Unlike the June Cars and Coffee, skies were clear and the sun sweltering at this morning’s gathering of automotive enthusiasts. When we set out at 7:30, the temperature was a more or less comfortable 80°F. Yet when we left the event just after 10, the heat index was indicating 118 degrees thanks to temperatures in the upper 90s and humidity well over 75%. Needless to say, our 1970 Triumph TR6 and its utter lack of air conditioning probably wasn’t the best choice to drive today. But despite all of the atmospheric junkiness, the the First Coast’s car enthusiast came out in force – filling the parking lots of the Avenues Mall yet again.

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A Parade of Sails

Photos from the 2019 Sail Portsmouth Parade of Sails

Sail Portsmouth - Parade of Sails - USCG Eagle

Few things are more American than a parade – and the Parade of Sails, kicking off the 2019 Sail Portsmouth Tall Ship Festival was no exception. Here’s a sampling of our collection of photos from the event. View the full gallery by clicking the link at the bottom of the post.

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