The road not taken

I’ve been visiting Mom here in the Shenandoah Valley since she moved in January 2016. I fly into Charlottesville and drive the hour and a half to my sister’s house on interstates 64 and 81 but my GPS always offers me an alternate route that I’ve never taken before today. 

I wish I could have stopped and taken photos as I drove along Spotswood Trail through the mountains and Shenandoah National Park. It was absolutely beautiful with the trees still in full autumn colors. It’s not a drive I’d want to make in the snow as it gets pretty curvy and goes up and then down the mountain but on a beautiful autumn morning – it was gorgeous and it will become my route of choice from now on ( unless it’s snowing!)


……and while I didn’t get photos along my drive, I did snap a photo from my sister’s porch.


I left Mom with a big pile of stockings ready to be quilted and assembled and we finished all of these while I was there. 

6 thoughts on “The road not taken

  1. Sara F

    Beautiful scenery in that area during every season. I so enjoyed my visit in the Charlottesville area last spring, even though it rained almost every day.

    I love those stockings. That would be a fun project to make for our area Safe House, and maybe put some little gift inside, like a small book or crayons.

  2. Penny Guglielmoni

    I am worried about getting 6 stockings done before Christmas and you got that many and more done in no time.

  3. Cindy in NC

    My paternal grandmother was from this area. Land that was once part of the family farm is now owned by the recently-retired Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park. He discovered a small cemetery deep in the woods. My great-great grandfather’s grave marker had been broken by a falling tree branch. He found someone to repair it (who was so excited about the project that he donated his services), cleaned up the cemetery, and invited relatives to see the stone being reset last June. I was one of four generations of descendants who was able to witness this event. It’s a beautiful part of the country with wonderful people.

  4. Dee Winter

    Our daughter and her family lived in North Carolina for a while. We went to visit, loved the scenery, the history, the people. I was driving, took the scenic route, wound up at Monticello. It was so beautiful getting there, seeing the home was amazing, especially since he’d a relative! The kids moved back, but I enjoyed the times we went to visit. Have a great time, my mama doesn’t know who I am anymore. She just smiles and nods, looks at the pictures of our little ones.

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