We returned to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, this time heading south from the Thornton Gap Entrance east of Luray (VA).
Before heading out for the drive, we had checked the Shenandoah NP guide for information on the history of the Park.
By 1790, there were about 67,000 people in the area, most of whom lived in the lower Shenandoah Valley. Over the next 100 years,
Severe drought, a wide-spread hog cholera epdemic, and the Great Depression furthered the economic plight of the region.
In 1926, work began on establishing the National Park. Deeds for the land, purchased from private donations and state monies, were given to the federal government, and Shenandoah NP was established in 1935.
The Park was being physically created by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and because it was near Washington, DC, the Park was used as a demonstration of President Roosevelt's Depression cures.
Construction of Skyline Drive, which runs the 105-mile length of the Park, began in 1931. Contractors hired local farmers (who needed work due to crop failures) to build the Drive, which was completed in 1939.
The seven photos above were taken from Skyline Drive and its overlooks.
Also invariably, this expectation is incorrect.
Surprised, I congratulated myself at being in better condition than I realized.
While I was at the foot of the falls, there were 6-10 people at any one time either looking for just the right angle for a photograph or lining up family members for a photo.
I noticed that I walked with my eyes focused on my feet, mainly to avoid tripping over exposed tree roots, but also to avoid staring upward and realizing the climb that lay ahead.
I was breathing a faster rate than I realized.
When I returned to the trailhead, I asked Kate, "Do I look as frazzled as I think?"
Kindly, she answered, "You look just like everyone else returning from the hike."