Today was a perfect day to visit the mountains and to enjoy the fall foliage. It started out cold (when we left at 6am, the thermometer at my house said it was 33 degrees outside), but it warmed up to be comfortable by the time we were actually hiking. We entered Shenandoah National Park on Route 33 and then drove south to the Loft Mountain Wayside where we parked the car and began our hike. We hiked about a 5 mile loop that took us over Loft Mountain. After hiking we ate lunch, and then continued driving south on the Skyline Drive and exited the park onto Interstate 64. Here are the three pictures I selected as the best of the bunch.
This weekend the National Folk Festival rolled into town. This is the second year that Richmond has played host for this event. I think we get it one more year, and then it moves on to another location. Tammy and I spent most of today wandering around listening to bands, watching other people and eating questionable food. I even bought CDs from the pictured folks: AltaiKAI, The Lost Bayou Ramblers and The Quebe Sisters Band (actually, The Quebe Sisters Band CD that I intend to buy is coming out in a month). You can read about all the performers here.