Orkney Springs

The previous post entitled "How Green is My Valley" contained photos of the Shenandoah Valley north of Staunton en route to one of my favorite area treasures:  Orkney Springs/Shrine Mont.  While it's hardly new to me, it has been nearly 30 years since I visited (not counting a couple of drive-bys a few years back).  A … Continue reading Orkney Springs

How Green is My Valley

It was a beautiful day in the valley today. Cool, crisp and sunny. Just the way you wished the weather would be all summer long. I'm not sure if I'm saddened or elated by the rust and golden hues in the fields. We have a while yet before fall, but I feel it lurking about … Continue reading How Green is My Valley

Buena Vista

Virginia is an impressively diverse state.  Drive a few miles in any direction, and the topography and demographics change noticeably, if not drastically. The 1:20 drive from Staunton to Richmond, for example, will take you through 5 counties, 2 USDA zones, 3 geological provinces, and the full spectrum of the state's socioeconomic scale.  And every … Continue reading Buena Vista

Morning Drive

It's been entirely too long since I've taken a leisurely drive.  And it's been even longer since I've been up in the Blue Ridge.  It's just shameful, really.  Such beauty and inspiration close at hand, yet I rarely leave my house.  I had a few extra minutes to kill this morning, so I headed for the … Continue reading Morning Drive

So Much for Planning

Well, I didn't pull a MacGyver yesterday, but I did get out of the house.  And considering how lethargic I've been lately, that's saying something. However, I failed to realize that I'd committed myself to a month of blogging yet no longer have internet service.  I'm borrowing my neighbor's now, and access is rather spotty. … Continue reading So Much for Planning

The Colors of Fall – Continued

I couldn't resist taking another drive this morning, this time towards the Alleghanies. These western mountains are slightly more rugged than the Blue Ridge and are sparsely populated.  Jack Mountain (the nearest mountain to my west) is double the elevation of Afton Mountain (where I access the AT and Blue Ridge Parkway on the east). … Continue reading The Colors of Fall – Continued