Tuesday, April 27, 2010
We left the Lake Powhatan campground about 10am heading north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. First it started to rain. As we continued it turned to snow. April 27, we never would have guessed. We drove to the top of Mt. Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi and enjoyed seeing the snow. The temperature was about 33*. On the way down from the top, we saw a pickup truck that had skidded off the road and was tangled in trees perhaps 25' down the mountain side. At the bottom of the access road, a "road closed" sign had been erected.
We continued to our campsite for the night; Carolina Hemlock off Hwy 80. We have a prime spot right along the Toe River. This is a Forest Service campground. $8.50/night with the "Geezer" card. That's what the Golden Age Passport is called. We only pay 1/2 of the camping cost and no admission fees to the National Parks. Quite a deal.