It's that time of year again. The Autumn hues--the golds, reds, oranges, and yellows--are starting to show all their splendor. It's still early in the season, but we didn't want to miss any of the changing colors. So we packed up the car with all three children and left at sunrise to see what we could find. We drove through Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, winding up and down the mountains, in search of beauty. While not all the colors have come to life just yet, there were plenty of picturesque moments to remember as we drove through tunnels of trees where the sunlight was hitting the leaves just right to make it appear as if the yellows and golds were coming to life.
After stopping at a number of overlooks, we found a nice place to have an unplanned brunch before continuing our tour of the park. Just a few miles from our exit we came to a stop that had a number of large boulders that we climbed to get a grand view of the valley below. The kids loved playing and I enjoyed the sight of the vista with the sun shining down and the smell of the crisp Autumn morning.
I'm really looking forward to going back through the park again in less than two weeks, taking the same path, to see what amazing new colors we'll be able to see. Autumn is my favorite time of year and to imagine the transformation in just a couple of weeks is quite suspenseful.