I have wanted to visit the Shenandoah National Park for quite some time and take a trip down Skyline Drive. Unfortunately, the weather started to shift on the day that I planned to go. When I listened to the morning weather report, it said the humidity in the Shenandoah mountain area was 100% (I think that is a code word for rain).
Luckily, when I got there an hour later, the sun broke through the clouds long enough to accentuate the autumn colors of orange, yellow, and red leaves on the trees. So beautiful! I decided to stop at one of the scenic overlooks and sit on the stone wall there, so I could take in the awesome sight for a while.
Only a few moments went by before an excited voice broke into my reverie—“Mom…Dad….come over here and look! Wow! There’s a witch down there and she’s moving pretty fast.”
I turned to my right and saw a young boy (about 6 years old) pointing down to the valley below. Sure enough, there was a shadowy image that looked like a witch flying over the treetops. But, as soon as the boy’s mom saw it, she quickly said, “No. That’s not a witch. It’s just a shadow made by the clouds passing by overhead.”
“Oh.” The boy’s voice sounded slightly disappointed.
Maybe it would have been more fun to say — “Aha! It’s almost Halloween. The witch probably came here to practice broom flying. Maybe she wants to get it just right, so she doesn’t look silly on Halloween night!”
(Actually, knowing me, my children would have expected me to say something like that, and follow it with a story about what happens to witches who don’t practice).
The rest of my day in Shenandoah swung back and forth between sunlight and rain, from colorful to dark and foreboding. During the times when I stood in the shadow cast by the bewitching clouds above, I was glad I had brought my raincoat.
There are cabins, camping areas, hiking trails, and many other things to experience at the Shenandoah National Park. It’s not too far from my house, so I will definitely return!