It is officially that time of the year again. The leaves are changing, the temperatures finally dropping, the Chicago Marathon is now behind us, and my favorite pumpkin ale is in the fridge. Fall has to be my favorite time of the year.
This past weekend, KFB and I joined two other friends for a night of camping up in Shenandoah National Park. Our friends decided to get out of town on Friday night, but I had a long run and KFB was teaching a yoga class Saturday morning, so we took off early Saturday afternoon. I’ve been hiking through the Shenandoah Valley since high school, and it just never gets old. The beautiful Skyline Drive, especially during this season of fall foliage, always gives me this since of calm.
No matter how much I love this city, I can never wait to get out of it and go camping. On our way up to the Matthew’s Arm campground, KFB and I tried to take note of all the roadside stands we wanted to hit up on the way back. Pumpkins, apples, cider and squashes filled the stands that lined route 211.
The far too short 24 hours spent in the national park were total bliss. With the camp fire keeping us warm, doughboys keeping us full, and a perfect Sunday morning hiking keeping us busy, I couldn’t have been more pleased. It is so important to get out of the city not only for a physical weekend away, but a mental escape from everything going on around you.
I like to think that the time spent on the road or trails while training keeps my mind in sync, but it is times that I actually get away from it all that I realize how busy even a run through Rock Creak can be.
On the way back, we did stop at one of the stands. 4 pumpkins, a bag full of apples, one squash and a half gallon of cider later, we were back in the car and headed to the nation’s capitol. This weekend will be our ‘Fall Celebration’ where all the goodies will be put to use.
Take advantage of this season and everything it has to offer. It only comes around once a year!