1. I don't know about you but I tend to get a bit cranky when things don't turn out like I want them to. I mean, a gal starts looking forward to something and then her hopes are dashed. It just should be classified as a crime, don't you think?
2. My late husband would never make plans. I think that's tacky but he may have had a point. His reasoning was 'well, if it doesn't work out then you won't be disappointed'.
3. But, I had my heart set on seeing the mountains in full color, the trees all decked out in their finest array. Is that too much to ask? But in all honesty, it was my fault. I took off to the beach when I should have headed west to the mountains. When I came back Leslie and I should have gone ahead west but no.... this gal was tired from all the beach doings so we put it off. One week made the difference! Who would have guessed it? Now I know. You go to the mountains during peak season or do not set your expections high.
Doyle's River Overlook
The bright yellows and reds were gone......... the dogwood trees, just bare limbs.....
the glorious orange ..disappeared.
4. The Park Ranger said we could go in FREE. Bet he did that just 'cause he knew we would be disappointed in the leaves.
5. With all the constant curves in the road, I was getting car sick. What the heck is that???? I don't get car sick. But, you just can never say never, now can you?
So, if you are sure you want to go forward and see what I saw... help yourself. Just don't expect all those brilliant colors. It didn't happen.
Trayfoot Mt. Overlook
Turk Gap Overlook, a milkweed
RipRap Overlook. I do look a bit 'carsick' there, don't I?
I laughingly told a passerby "It's a shame that the tree giving the most photo opt in the mountains is an old dead tree".
I've always said I wanted to go to Massanutten Mt. It's a ski resort. I don't ski but I thought it would be pretty there so I wanted to go. This picture is of Massanuten Mt. in the distance. Okay, I've seen it, been there, done that. I'm over it.
Leslie looks pretty disheartened here, doesn't he? He was a good sport about it, though.
The next morning we headed home. And, lo and behold, we saw the prettiest color at the lower levels. Guess what? I was driving and couldn't take pictures.
Happy Halloween Everyone!