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by Ralph F. Couey
Having been entranced by Shenandoah National Park last week, we decided to go back again today. Looking at my trusty trail book, I decided we'd try the Jenkins Gap trail, heading up to Compton Peak.
We drove back out to Front Royal, and then turned south to the park entrance. Once in, we headed south on Skyline Drive to the parking area near mile post 12. It took a moment to locate the trail access, but find it we did and we headed out.
Overconfidence can be a hiker's greatest handicap, because it allows you the freedom to ignore indicators that you really should be heeding. People get lost like that. In this case, I realized that as we exited the parking area, we had turned south instead of north. Now, I have a compass in my backpack, and another one on my wrist, so there was no excuse. Cheryl, as wives generally do, got a good chuckle out of it, anyway. She suggested, since the hike had been so pleasant, to continue on the way we were going. So, we did.
We took the car back out onto Skyline Drive and stopped a couple of places to take pictures and ooh and aah at the amazing colors.
Beautiful colors, cool weather, and that irreplaceable feeling of autumn. This is why I love October.