By Lynn R. Mitchell
St. Patrick’s Day 2016 in western-northwestern Augusta County was windy, partly sunny, temps in the 60s, and lots of very interesting clouds. The back roads were calling so, with camera in hand, we set out to go wherever the road took us. Emerald green fields, cattle and sheep, mountains, full rivers and streams, farms, silos, old abandoned homes, signs of spring in blooming flowers and trees … it was a delightful day in rural Virginia. (See more photos: Riding the back roads of the Shenandoah Valley.)
I don’t know who lives in this picturesque stone house but from the first time I saw it 20 years ago I loved its setting at the foot of the mountains and the rustic quiet almost within a stone’s throw of the North River and national forest.
Many happy days were spent in this area with my children and our friends when we were all much younger. Hiking, swimming at Todd Lake, roaming the back roads to North River Campground, the Staunton Dam and Elkhorn Lake, and meandering through the national forest to eventually emerge on Rt. 250.
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
March 17, 2016