I took my customary dawn hike on the Billy Goat trail this morning and the trees are just showing the start of fall. With it comes my favorite season in Virginia. Soon I will return to Old Rage and other favorite sites to enjoy the changing foliage. Here are a few pictures from this morning for the vicarious hikers.
By the way, as the Trump Administration moves to open our public parks to logging and seeks to strip park status, our trails like Billy Goat have never been more crowded. When I leave the trail, there are cars backed up to park at the trailhead. Our national parks are the most popular government program and the least supported, particularly by this Administration. We give billions to other countries from Israel to Egypt, but we continually cut back on programs that our citizens desperately want and need from park areas to education.
Well, enough of politics, here are a few pictures from the trail: