Astonishment and Adrenaline... This morning at about 7:30, heading north on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just before the Bull Creek Valley Overlook (Milepost 374), I was happy to get this shot of a black bear cub. The bear was in the middle of the road, looked at us head-on, and had a sweet face.
"Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint." ~ Robert Frost We rode Hwy 42 along the North Fork Holston River. Beautiful road, stunning vista of Foglesong Valley, looking toward Griffith Knob, Virginia.
State Route 623, just off Blue Grass Trail 42. Gigantic trees stand, streams meander, and the forest is abloom with fragrant rose-bay rhododendron. No one here for miles and miles...
Here we are near Tazwell, Virginia in Burke's Garden, sometimes referred to as "God's Thumbprint" because of its view from the air. At just over 3000 feet, the bowl-shaped Burke's Garden is the highest valley in Virginia and the story goes that it was George Vanderbilt’s first choice for his mountain retreat before Biltmore Estate.
Late afternoon ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. With all the Independence Day activities in downtown Asheville, we had the road virtually to ourselves.
The weather was perfect. We had to stop and put on our jackets and I took this photograph of Looking Glass Rock in Brevard, NC. How stunning a view, amid all of summer's green. I love the rock's beauty and enjoyed hiking to the top of it. We need to do that again soon.