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2007 Trip to Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive

Skyline drive map from : www.edcheung.com/album/album04/album04c.htm

Shenandoah Skyline Drive map

Shenandoah Skyline Map ... again

Skyline map for the 4th time
This year our trip to Shenandoah National Park was only one day long, though we did go the same weekend as last year, Columbus Day weekend.
The leaves hadn't changed color much, which is also the same as last year, so if we go again next year we'll probably wait until the end of October.
There were still beautiful views, and even more wildlife than last year to be seen, so all in all it was a good visit.
colorful foliage - photo by Erika
We got to the park shortly before noon, and skipped the Dicky Ridge Visitor's Center. We planned to picnic in the park and eat dinner at Big Meadows - so we had a bit of a trip ahead of us and none of us were hungry yet.
Although it was very cloudy when we left our house, and we even drove through some rain, while in the park we had fairly good conditions.
smoky  mountains
 As you will see from some of the photos, we experienced a little fog, some clouds, some sun... it seemed to be more sunny on the western overlooks and foggy/cloudy on the eastern side.
a splash of color - photo by Erika

undulating hills

 As we neared Elk Wallow we seemed to meet up with the sky and drove through the clouds for a bit.
We wound up picnicing at Elk Wallow, and then continued to drive south.
Erika helps Kat walk around at lunchtime
We made it to Big Meadows by about 3:30, which was too early for dinner - the dining room opens at 5. They don't take reservations, and we almost decided to stick around and try for the first seating, but were interested in seeing a bit more. As we walked back to the car, we were treated with a visit from some natives.
3 deer - pic by Erika
 Then we hopped back in the car and drove to about mile marker 67, Hightop Mountain Parking area, then turned around and headed back for Big Meadows. Along the way we saw this tree, so I'm so glad we drove the extra bit.
a tree on fire with color

closeup of red tipped tree
Once we got to the Lodge at Sky Meadows, we had to wait a bit for a table.
Erika doing a jigsaw puzzle with some women while waiting for dinner
We sat down sometime after 6 o'clock.
Kat looking like an imp at our dinner table
Our waitress was very good and the food was worth the drive!
We cut out of the park about 20 miles north of Big Meadows and got home about 2 hours after leaving dinner.
 The End.