The Blue Ridge Parkway by Foot: A Park Ranger's Memoir (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Jul 17, 2007 - History - 324 pages
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One of the premier tourist attractions of the eastern United States, the Blue Ridge Parkway stretches from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in western North Carolina. This volume relates the author's one-of-a-kind backpacking trip along the 469-mile road, along with his observations and recollections regarding the Parkway, the most visited unit of the National Park Service. Beginning with his experience as a summer college intern, the book also covers the twelve years he spent working as a ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Anecdotal history and accounts from some of the Parkway's earliest rangers complete this tale of one of our country's national treasures. The appendix contains a chronological, mile-by-mile re-creation of Pegram's 2003 trek, including the names of all the Parkway landmarks mentioned in the book.
  

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Contents

Once Upon the Parkway
3
Door Number Three
5
Twelve Years Eight Months FortyOne Days
8
Deliberately Reflectively Randomly
19
Means of Engagement
25
Milepost Zero
35
One Manpower
43
Boston Knob Overlook
50
Death of a Chorus
170
Finding at Last the Wild Asparagus
177
Pure Harmony
189
Derailed in Avery County
200
Motorcycles
211
Skulking About
218
Bear
227
Sunday Solace
234

Spooked
56
Ranger Bloopers
66
Taking Flight
78
Stills and Fields
84
Ranger Mischief
96
Beware of Dog
109
Gone Awry
117
Disorderly Conduct
122
Clocking Butterflies and Bumblebees
131
Not of This Earth
141
Weathering Isabel
155
Crossing Paths
166
Balsam Gap District Revisited
241
Swinging Snow Gates
246
The Main Event
258
Local Comparable Rate
265
Cased and Unloaded
276
Milepost 469
284
Noted Parkway Locations and Authors Schedule
287
Chapter Notes
293
Bibliography
301
Index
305
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About the author (2007)

Freelance writer Tim Pegram is a former park ranger and lives in Oak Ridge, North Carolina.

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