2017 Autumn Outing travel blog

Looking to the east from Skyline Drive overlook

Lunch at Elkwallow Picnic Area

Water from a rock - I wonder if this was how Moses...

On the Appalachian Trail again

View from Little Devils Stairs Overlook

A closer look at the trees on the hillside

Another pano to the east from Little Devils Stairs

Closeup of colors

Looking down the Drive through a tunnel of trees

Patterns in the Shenandoah Valley

View into Shenandoah Valley from Gooney Run Overlook

Light from above

Beautiful backdrop for a picture

We're on the way home. We stopped at the Shenandoah Valley Campground in Mount Jackson, VA which was about half the distance between Fancy Gap and home for an overnighter. The weather on Wednesday morning was so nice we decided to stay another day and drive up to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. We got on the Drive at Throton Gap near Luray and drove north to Front Royal, VA before heading back to the campground. We picked up a lunch at the Elkwallow Wayside and ate in the picnic area. There were some spectacular views at some of the overlooks as the trees were starting to turn colors. Toward the end of Skyline Drive we stopped at the Range View Overlook for sunset unfortunately a cloud bank moved in hiding the sun. There were some breaks that allowed sun rays to shine through to the ground. Not a lot of color, but some dramatic shafts of light. We headed back to the campground and stopped for pizza at the Italian Job in New Market. An enjoyable day for our last of this trip. We head home in the morning.

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