Since we are now retired (Yippee!!), we decided to take our time on our trek north, visiting Asheville and exploring the North Carolina Arboretum with its wonderful creekside hike and bonsai collection.
For the first time ever, we took the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville to Roanoke. We saw a mother bear and two cubs, wild turkeys, amazing views from the top of Mt. Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi, and rhododendron and mountain laurel in full bloom on both sides of the road.
The experience driving the ridge of the mountains and looking down on valleys on both sides is a little like flying in a small plane. Luckily, there was no traffic and we hiked to Linville Falls and Gorge and the Cascades Falls.
We spent the night in a 200 year old mill, Oceola Mill, just off the Parkway south of Staunton.
We spent a day in Boston exploring Harvard and Cambridge, and then went on to the Rangely Lake Region in Maine.
Then it was on to Bailey Island, Maine, where we used to vacation before finding our place in Nova Scotia.
Inner Ledge, the house we rented for a week every summer for seventeen years.
We arrived in Dover a week after leaving Gainesville and found the apple trees in bloom.