Day 2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Peak of Mount Mitchell

Storm rolling in to Mount Mitchell

Access road to Mount Mitchell

View near Mount Jefferson - HDR

Day two of our trip driving the entire Blue Ridge Parkway had us making a slight side excursion to Mount Mitchell. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River at 6684 ft. You can drive almost all the way to the top. While we were there a thunderstorm rolled in. One minute it was sunny with the next being a complete white-out and you couldn't see anything because you were in the clouds. We had a good meal at the restaurant here and just watched the storm move on. The absolute beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway makes for a very calming trip. Since we were driving during the middle of the week we did not have much in the way of traffic on the Parkway. It is very easy to escape and be all alone up here if you should so desire.