a walk in the woods

I’m coming to the other side of a very busy time of year and realizing that the holiday season is just around the corner–how did that happen? Seeing that the fall colors were already fading, we decided to pack all the weekend chores into Saturday, load the dogs in the car and head to Shenandoah National Park on Sunday.

Scrabbling up (and down) a steep and challenging trail with a dog added a new element to the adventure, but we all made it.
At the top

It’s past “peak” for leaves, but the view was still incredible from the top of Hawksbill Summit, the highest point in the park.

Expanse

While we passed people on the trail and cars carried passengers along Skyline Drive, it was still possible to sit on a rock and hear nothing but the sound of leaves falling in the woods around.

An afternoon at peace.

Spotting a black bear at the base of our trail on the way down the mountain was icing on the cake.

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