When we lived in Charlottesville and the peak of the leaf season rolled around, we would head south to hike to avoid “those DC people.” Today as we sat in a long line of traffic at the park entrance, we had to recognize that we have joined rank among “those DC people.” Nothing like escaping into nature with a few thousand others.
Still, it was beautiful and festive and much more fun than staying home and cleaning the basement.
We checked into the Dickey Ridge visitor center and just missed the ranger talk on bears. Sad. But we picked up a good map and headed into the woods.
I’ll be honest, today was not our best day. Ah, the joys of quality family time, everyone gets to take a turn melting down.
Since morale was low we staid on the short Fox Hollow Trail.
On the way home we stopped at the Apple House for some fresh, warm apple cider doughnuts.