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    Blue Ridge Pkwy trip

    My local school system just had their first ever fall break. Rather than hang around the house and twiddle our thumbs, we checked the weather and tentatively planned a trip ... I really don't trust weathermen farther than I can throw them. Thursday morning we headed out with plans to camp in the TN portion of the GSMNP, but the forecast north and east of there had changed quite a bit (in our favor) and we adjusted our plans to drive the Blue Ridge Pkwy instead. Due to us pulling into various camp sites late each day, we weren't able to find sites that were able to accommodate my large family the first couple of nights and we had to resort to tent life. Talk about sore hip bones and restless nights. Toward the end of the trip, we were able to hang and realized why we enjoy the hanging life.

    We had cool nights, but nothing too cold. When we were able to hang, we didn't need any underquilts. By the time breakfast was finished each day, we were in shorts and t-shirts.

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    Sounds like a great trip except for the tent part.

    The Terminator and I made such a trip about 8 years ago and had a great time getting to see the all the trees in their full fall colors. We also ended up in our tent one night and like your experience, not fun.
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    Pictures are stunning. I can almost see the clouds moving in the valley in your first pic. Thanks for sharing!

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    Nice family outing - thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rifleman View Post
    Pictures are stunning. I can almost see the clouds moving in the valley in your first pic. Thanks for sharing!
    That was our first morning and breakfast stop on the road … just north of Mt. Pisgah.
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    Really liking the clouds photo but the purple hammock looks pretty snazzy too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sidneyhornblower View Post
    Really liking the clouds photo but the purple hammock looks pretty snazzy too!
    Thanks ... that one belongs to daughter #3 and she loves anything purple. It is pretty vibrant.
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    Beautiful photos, great trip report!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geronimo View Post
    Beautiful photos, great trip report!!
    Thanks. This was our third time driving the entire route. I don't think it will ever get old. There are so many side trips and places to explore.
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