in The City of Blowing Rock (not to be confused with nearby Blowing Rock Mountain)
May 5, 2010
Now that you have viewed the photos from THE Blowing Rock (the mountain), here's some photos and facts about the City of Blowing Rock, plus some great scenery on the way to Grandfather Mountain.
Blowing Rock's visitor center and a miniature carving of a covered bridge
Below: Scenery taken while driving towards Grandfather Mountain.
|Linn Cove Viaduct is a 1243-foot concrete segmental bridge which snakes around the slopes of Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. It was completed in 1983 at a cost of $10 million and was the last section of the Blue Ridge Parkway to be finished. It is said to be the most complicated concrete bridge ever built. The viaduct was needed because of the damage that a traditional cut-and-fill road would have caused to Grandfather Mountain. It is 1,243 feet long and consists of 153 segments weighing 50 tons each. The bridge's segments were precast at an indoor facility at the south side of the parkway. After being transported to the bridge site, each section was lowered into place by a custom crane placed on either edge of the existing structure. The only work done at ground level was drilling for the seven footings which support the viaduct. In particular, there was no access road other than the Blue Ridge Parkway itself. The bridge has received eleven design awards.
|Below: Yonahlossee Overlook (Milepost 303.9) on the Blue Ridge Parkway - and the two RV Gypsies' toad facing Bare Mountain Rock.
|Below: The path alongside the road which allowed the two RV Gypsies to enjoy a really nice view from this overlook and Bare Mountain Rock.
|In the below photos, notice the road that the two RV Gypsies are currently as it twists and turns around the mountain side.
|Below: The two RV Gypsies found a nice place to have a picnic lunch from the tailgate of their new toad, known as MOB "Monster Out Back"
|Below: Price Lake is a reservoir in Watauga County in the state of North Carolina. The altitude is 3366 feet.
|Below; There is something swimming in this lake, but Karen Duquette did not have her big zoom lens with her. It appeared to be some type of animal, but not a bird or duck. Lee Duquette could actually see it, but Karen could not see it until she zoomed in on it as close as she could (see the photo on the right below).
The two RV Gypsies in North Carolina
May 4 - 6 2010 -
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The City of Blowing Rock (this page)
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of the two RV Gypsies' adventures in North Carolina - a
Segway tour, and lots of waterfalls.