Driving through the windy high elevation road of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park one November afternoon I was taken aback by two observations. The first was how unpopulated the park was, on this day before Thanksgiving. There were a total of about thirty cars that we did see over the hours’ drive, and most of those had been parked at two different trail head parking lots – but even then it was a beautifully quiet, easy drive. The weather was different along the ridge line than in the valley – swiftly blown clouds that settled over the roadway turned the denuded gnarly trees spooky in appearance. More Halloween-ish than Thanksgiving-ish!