Friday, 1 June 2012


I'm doing as much as I can to support my friend, and finding it very hard to talk about.

However, I do have some nice photos from a short drive we did last week along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

These parking spots really took my fancy. Note the buckets.
Up on the Shenandoah section - beautiful but misty weather.

There were more flowers in bloom than we had expected. This is one of the early azaleas.

And this is another.

Mountain Laurel. All of these blooms were on bushes, many taller than we were. And there were lots of them.

Just loved the colour.

We took some hikes. This one is to 'Mary's Rock'.

We visited some of their displays. The dry wall fences are very dramatic.

This shot took a lot of climbing up and down over rocks and along a pathway that was mostly mud and water. The Parkway map labelled it 'easy to moderate'. We did not try anything marked 'difficult'.

Early moring facing south. I am going to delete the power line. Soon. The long light gives the best photos.

One of the places we stayed. This is Peaks of Otter, right on the parkway and run by the park.

A bit of the road from the overview. Himself drove. I closed my eyes and leaned in from time to time.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a gorgeous, serene drive, except, I am told, in rhododendron and coloured leaves seasons. And for the first time over it, we had good weather all the way.

Country roads, take me home. Even if you are all corkscrews.


  1. I love your pictures too Mary! your trip sounds wonderful :) glad you guys got away for a bit. I wonder how busy that highway would be in the fall, and if the beautiful colors would make up for it? :)

  2. Well, I'm glad you are back although I hadn't known you were gone other than gone from the blog. I'm sure it was a great drive to do. Thanks for taking us along on a bit of it.

  3. It's a lovely trip that you took. Glad you did. Take care.

  4. looks like you had a great time. Love the pictures.

  5. Beautiful pictures, Mary. Those are some amazing views.

    I'll be thinking of you and your friend. Wishing you continued strength.