This weekend my family and I took a quick trip to Boxley Valley to check out the local elk population and the fall colors. We loaded up at 5 am to make the 2 hour drive to Ponca. We wanted to arrive just before sunrise to have the best possible chance at spotting one of the herds that gather in Boxley Vally for the rut. The elk viewing was very thin, there were no herds visible Sunday morning with just a few stragglers mulling about the valley. None of the herds were out in the open. We did hear some distant bugling from the elk, so they were not to far off… So, we made the drive through the valley enjoying the fall color. The peak is just a few days away with most of the trees showing some color.