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(Some of) The Blue Ridge Parkway

Since we were driving home from Pittsburgh once again, we thought we’d try to take some of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We drove the North Carolina portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway, starting at the entrance nearest I-77. I had read before we chose our entrance point that if you have limited time, the North Carolina bit is more scenic than the Virginian because it is much more mountainous.

We spent about 7 hours on the parkway from I-77 to Asheville, where we called it quits.

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For the most part, the drive was really lovely, but we are still really spoiled by our recent trip to Oregon. After about an hour or so on the scenic route, I stopped asking to pull in to every single photo area.

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Visiting Eugene, Oregon

Once upon a time, John and Mandy filled out the 20 minute quiz on Find Your Spot. The website asks tons of questions to give you a list of cities in the US that match your weather, political, financial, and cultural preferences. One of twenty-four results on our list was Eugene, Oregon.

After spending a couple of days in Portland, then Seattle, we headed down to Eugene to visit for the first time. There is a big difference between those two large cities and Eugene, for sure. Even after spending 4 days there, we can’t say we could point out the city center of Eugene on a map. There aren’t many towering buildings and there isn’t much traffic to speak of. The traffic is especially unnoticeable after dealing with Portland for a few days.

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