By Lynn R. Mitchell
With a hurricane tracking toward the East Coast and weather forecasters discussing a “perfect storm” of high winds and historic rainfalls within a few days, we took advantage of the break in the weather on Wednesday, September 30, and headed out Route 250 west of Staunton as we looked for fall. We found it at the high elevations of western Highland County at the West Virginia state line — the bright oranges, red, and golds that will spread eastward over the next weeks.
As we traveled the back roads, there were a good many folks busy stockpiling firewood for the upcoming rainy, cool weather.
This was just west of Monterey where leaf color has barely begun but the view was beautiful.
Highland puts the “rural” in bucolic. The pastoral countryside, mountain vistas, and friendly locals make for a special back road experience. Sheep are everywhere in Virginia’s “Little Switzerland,” grazing even as the autumn changes occur around them.
The leaves did not disappoint. Colorful hardwoods mixed with evergreen along Route 250 about just before the West Virginia line.
Our lunch spot was in the Old House Run roadside picnic area in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.
I enjoy snapping photos of old fences including this one …
… old barbed wire, fall wildflowers, broom straw, evergreens, mountain vistas.
Gates intrigue me, too, and this one had character, obvious from its many years of use and weather, its bleached-out boards blocking the way into the overgrown pasture.
If you follow Route 250 eastward from this point in Highland, you will end up in downtown Richmond.
My kind of road, the one less traveled.
As autumn colors continue, we will be back….
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
September 30, 2015