“Your pass has expired.” My jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe it. My America the Beautiful National Park Pass had expired. It feels like just yesterday that I bought the pass and now it is expired. I got over my shock and reached into my wallet and handed my credit card over. Time to pay $80.00 for another park pass.
There is a world of things, attractions, and places to visit. During college, I started to notice a trend. Many people have traveled far and wide and yet haven’t done the traditional activities that are their hometown attractions. I attended college in Florida and many of my classmates hadn’t been to Disney or Kennedy Space Center. I couldn’t believe that they grew up a couple of hours from the site and had never been. Although it’s not like, I am innocent in this either.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is a small town called Blowing Rock. The town’s name comes from a rocky outcropping near the town. When a heavy wind blows through the Johns River Gorge below, the outcropping’s steep vertical walls force the wind up vertically. The town sits near the Blue Ridge Parkway and Moses Cone Memorial Park. The town is also home to the only functioning steam engine in North Carolina.