The Blue Ridge is a different world, a throwback to an earlier time, protected by Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At once remote and available, it is the only place where you can drive for hundreds of miles through a semi-wilderness environment along a steep upland ridge. You never know what you might find around the next bend. Spectacular mountain views, hiking and equestrian trails, historic sites, campgrounds, and restaurants are all available along the road. And it is an escape from the hectic pace of modern life into a more relaxed, peaceful era. This blog focuses on my personal experiences driving and hiking the Blue Ridge, canoeing the Shenandoah River, exploring the back roads of rural northwestern Virginia, with occasional side trips to the Outer Banks and other areas.