We drove the 2 hours out into Blowing Rock and took the right hand turn that spits you out onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Drove another 6 miles, and landed in the parking lot of the Julian Price Lake overlook. Caroline immediately hopped out of the car and ran down to the lake with her tongue out and ears flapping in the wind. And just like that...the spring-like breeze and extremely beautiful day hit me. At home it was a nice, unbearable over 90 degree day, and I soon learned that heading UP was the best choice for this particular June Sunday. 8 miles was the goal. Memories were to be made. And of course, tuna crackers were to be ate. Started the trail in the wrong direction, why not? Immediately fell in love. We were taken through a wildflower field on the top of a mountain, looking at nothing but sky and more mountains. Following that was a river flowing itself downward beside the trail, and some really amazing nature scenes. We passed plenty of people, and shared some good conversations. Caroline got to meet some dogs, too. This was the perfect place to day hike, set up a hammock, and even take a dip in the freezing water. In the end 10 miles were probably done, and it was a piece of cake. Check. I would go here again in a heartbeat. Absolutely beautiful.