Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Sunday Drive up to the Shenandoah's.

One of our favorite things to do is go for a ride along Skyline Drive.  It is about an hour away from home, not long really to be in such beautiful surroundings, and we also pass through small towns and pretty countryside to get there.  We took a simple picnic which you can see Gregg is enjoying.  What a view!  

We had originally looked at a picnic area with tables and barbecue's but it was such a lovely day and very crowded, with lots of noise.  We were glad to see so many people having fun but we didn't feel like sharing our space with about 30 plus people or so, and there were plenty of small children running around, whooping and hollering and and having a great old time.  Yes we love kids but we opted for one of the quieter overlooks instead.  There were no other people there, and we enjoyed our picnic with just the view for company.  It was one of the most pleasantest picnics we had ever had.

This time we did not hike across Big Meadows but went up to the Lodge to see what was going on there.  I always enjoy looking in the gift shop for a few minutes while Gregg checks out the main room at the Lodge.  When I joined him we went out back and walked along the veranda.  It has another gorgeous view.

There have been several bear sightings according to the book on the table.  In fact on our way back, before we had exited the park, we had to suddenly brake behind three other cars.  Fortunately none of us were driving very fast.  It is a very curvy road.  Soon after we stopped we saw a pretty good sized bear ambling across the road.  At first I thought it was a huge dog but only seconds later I realized we were looking at a bear.  He disappeared into the underbrush before we could get our camera.  The mere sight of him was enough for today.  What a beauty!  We realized that we weren't too far from the area where we spotted a bear up in a tree a couple of years back.  You can see him on my side-bar pictures.

This is the only bear we got a photograph of that day.  He was begging for me to take him home with me, but the lady behind the desk said no way.  

One man joked that he had never seen anyone have a photo taken with him like I had.  Apparently even in the short time he had been looking around the lodge, he had seen several photo ops taking place.  That comes as no surprise.

The Owl was sitting on top of a glass case, one of the many gifts you could buy in their shop.

I liked the dried flowers sitting in a large glass bottle on one of the windowsills.  

We did spot deer on the way down.  If you look in the undergrowth you can just make him out.

Closer and he becomes a bit clearer.  I have more photos that I will share on Saturday.

The weather couldn't have been more perfect and we noticed some coolness in the air, with absolutely no humidity.  It was lovely.....

and there were signs that Autumn wasn't too far away.  The leaves are already beginning to turn.