I went to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia on October 21 because I had never been there and I also wanted to see the fall foliage. The leaves had actually not quite peaked yet – there were a lot of yellows but not a lot of oranges and reds.
I did get to see a bear for the first time ever outside of a zoo, though. I was just thinking earlier, “I’ve never seen a bear. It would be cool to see one.” Then as I was driving north on Skyline Drive just north of Route 211, I saw a bear high up in a tree, probably about 30 yards up the tree, just west of the road. It was a young black bear, probably about three and a half feet long. It climbed down the tree and then walked deeper into the woods. Just as it was getting out of eyesight, I thought there might have been another one but I couldn’t tell for sure. Pretty cool. Here’s the shaky video I took. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnLWjh4pJ2U
As for the scenery, it was pretty nice. I imagine that the leaves probably are peaking right now although some of them would have already turned brown.