By the time we drove south from Washington DC to Virginia and Shenandoah National Park, autumn was over. It is so hard to predict when fall foliage will peak. Most of the trees were bare or had brown leaves with touches of yellow.


Our first ‘layover’ was at Patty’s good friends Wiley and Kim Martin. Wiley was a PSA pilot hired around the same time as Patty (1974) so as seniority goes, they flew the crummy routes together. We drove the RV just past Charlottesville on Virginia’s country roads to White Hall and Crozet, Virginia. Wiley Martin’s remodeled colonial house, farm, acreage, pond, and barn was incredibly amazing. Over his ridge sits the southern point of the Shenandoah National Park.


Thomas Jefferson’s mountaintop home and plantation named Monticello is a must go to tourist attraction. He spent 40 years designing and building his dream home, Monticello. His home reflects Jefferson’s many interests; architecture, winemaking, writing, politics, gardening and inventions. Although Thomas Jefferson accomplished a lot in his life, he only wanted three things to be remembered by and engraved on his tombstone: authoring the Declaration of Independence, writing Virginia’s statute for religious freedom and creating the University of Virginia.

Patty was excited to visit Monticello since her uncle on her mother’s side was the landscaping caretaker of Monticello when Thomas Jefferson was in France during the process to set up the Louisiana Purchase.


We enjoyed Skyline Drive’s 105 miles of fabulous views and 75 overlooks. We traveled along Dickey Ridge, Skyland, Big Meadows, Lewis and Loft Mountains.

Although the Dark Hallow Falls hike was a bit crowded, we still enjoyed splashing around at the fall’s edge. This 200,000 acre beautiful Park was a perfect addition to our Appalachian Trail adventure.

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