enjoying nature

last week we did a little driving on the blue ridge parkway and did a little hiking, too. it was a beautiful day and we got some lovely pictures and enjoyed the scenery and the cooler temperatures. at 3pm it was only around 71 degrees up in the craggy gardens area. we took the craggy gardens trail on a short hike to a rhododendron bald. (too bad they aren't blooming anymore.)

so after that we drove up the road a little bit and stopped at the greybeard mountain overlook. and we took a little walk in the woods along the mountains to sea trail. (see pictures!) and we found some really old and interesting trees. and one butterfly was kind enough to pose for a picture.

if it is this pretty here now, i can't wait until fall. cooler temperatures and beautiful leaves.