Riding the back roads of the Shenandoah Valley

By Lynn R. Mitchell

31The back roads of Augusta County on St. Patrick’s Day took us to Mt. Solon where a huge field of these tiny purple flowers was in full bloom. (See more photos: St. Patrick’s Day on the back roads of Augusta County, Va.) The Shenandoah Valley … cradled by the surrounding mountains, around every bend and over every hill is a view even more stunning than the one before as winter reluctantly gives way to spring.

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34This covered bridge was on the driveway going to …

35… this gorgeous house on the hill with the mountains behind it.

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38The community of Mt. Solon in northwestern Augusta County.

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40 swanAll of a sudden driving along the road was a pond, and on that pond were two gorgeous white swans.

41Sheep in Augusta County with their …

42… Watch Llama tending his charges.

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45Is that picturesque, or what?

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54Just as we approached Mt. Zion Church, I got a phone call so we pulled into the parking lot and, while talking, I watched theĀ  American flag and the purple cloth on the cross stand out in the strong winds against the cloud-filled sky.

55Those who have gone before us….

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58So many sheep! And we weren’t even in Highland County.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
March 17, 2016

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  1. […] 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.) […]

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