Saturday, June 16, 2012

'The mountains were calling' ... Blue Ridge day

 A beautiful day led us to the mountains where we found temperatures in the mid-60s with alternating sunshine and clouds. This view of the Shenandoah Valley is from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Bicyclists were out in force.

I love the outdoors but this picnic table overgrown with grass and weeds would not be a tempting spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch.

The trail beckoned....

We found this tenacious wild rose growing out of a rock ...

... and all kinds of wildflowers.

Hard to believe this was the site of a tragic shooting in 2010.

Hmm. Where's the view?

A freshly-mowed section of the Appalachian Trail.

This must be the "leaves of three, let them be" tree. 

The Humpback Rocks picnic area is closed for the summer for a repaving and reconstruction project. The gate was closed so visitors parked alongside the Parkway and walked in, probably to adjoining hiking trails.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
June 16, 2012

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