Now that we live so close to Skyline Drive, I'd really hoped to pop over and see the Mountain Laurel in bloom. I understand it makes for quite a show.
Although it typically blooms during the first week of June, I figured There might still be some around on June 10.
I figured wrong.
Thanks to a very unseasonably mild winter, the stuff bloomed much earlier than normal. So I missed it. But it was still an interesting ride.
The day was forecast to be hot, so I left the house before 9:00. The Emporium, seller of antiques made daily, hadn't yet opened for the day. I am going to have to go back there one of these days. Not just to see the new antiques (now there's an oxymoron!), but to check out the "complete rest room."
Really. I wonder what makes it complete?
I parked my bike in that spot so I could get a shot of the sign I posted yesterday. Notice how far the bike is leaning? I almost didn't get it off the side-stand when I was once again ready to roll.
Thanks to some brute strength on my part, I did manage to get moving again. When I arrived at the park entrance -- Skyline Drive is in Shenandoah National Park -- I was mentally kicking myself for not having retrieved my entrance pass from my purse during the previous stop. Of course, my purse was in the trunk, so I had to pull over.
I was kicking myself again when a group of Harley riders lined up at the entrance while I was getting things in order.
Oh well. It was a pretty day and I was in no hurry, so I just lined up right behind them.
That's when I noticed the passenger in the way-back position on the last bike to the right.
Did you notice him at first?
Here's a better look...
His Mom, who was riding the bike to the left, saw me taking pictures. She told me his name is Bailey, thinking maybe I could get his attention for a full-face shot.
He was having no parts of that.
So the little girl helped me out.
His doggles were a tad askew, but still. How cute is that?
One never knows what one will encounter on the road.
Even if I did miss the laurel, it was still a lovely day.