We went to Skyline Drive to admire the autumn (or fall) foliage, thankful that we'd arrived just as the leaves were turning. Skyline Drive is a popular tourist route through Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. There's a small charge ($15 a ticket, valid for one week), a low speed limit, and the road is dotted with "overlooks", lay-bys designed that you can pull in and enjoy the stunning views over the surrounding valleys. It would take three or four hours to drive even without stops, but with my addiction to photography, it naturally took us a while longer.
The next day, we drove back along the same route. The first winds of Hurricane Sandy had started to swirl into Shenandoah. The beautiful leaves of the previous day had all but gone, leaving the landscape stark and wintry, and we could have been driving through a different season entirely.