Doug and I visited Shenandoah National Park in Virginia today and drove the 105-mile length of the famed Skyline Drive. It is truly a beautiful drive and would be awesome during the fall color season. The air was a bit hazy today, and many of the trees seen on our drive were still totally bare of leaves. Others were just budding. So the views weren't as spectacular as they most likely will be in another couple of weeks. Still, nothing can take away from the beauty of this area.
We weren't far into our drive today when we spotted the telltale collection of randomly parked vehicles along the roadside, some with doors still hanging open, which is often the sign of a bear sighting. And so it was today. A mama black bear and her two cubs were foraging among the trees, just down the hill from where a small but growing group of people had gathered to watch.
The dogwood trees at some elevations were almost past their blooming period; but, at other elevations, they were in full bloom.