Being a Southern California transplant, I never understood the love of four seasons. I was happy with our average 70-something year-round temps. But dag nabit if fall and spring aren’t breathtakingly gorgeous here in Virginia. It’s like someone took a paintbrush and used the landscape as their canvas. The way the wind rustles the leaves up and off the trees, dancing through the air in a Broadway musical of colors. We drove up to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park late yesterday to catch a glimpse of the myriad of colors, kissed by the cotton candy sky just before the sun set upon the horizon. There were lines of cars itching to get through the gate and on their way along Skyline Drive. Families were camped out at the visitor center not far from the Front Royal Entrance. Kids were scooping leaves into piles and diving in, or throwing them high in the air. Families laughing and taking snapshots… there was this warm feel-good spirit floating through the air. This is living. Basking in the beauty of nature. The transition of seasons truly is something to behold. It’s magical.
If you have some time, jump in your car and drive up there. Don’t forget to pack your camera, batteries, media card, snacks, drinks, and cold weather gear. A 1-7 day pass is only $15. A Shenandoah Annual Pass is $30. An annual pass to all the national parks is $80. If you have a handicap pass, you can get in for free. Find out more information on fees here.