Virginia late autumn woods … the road home to the Shenandoah Valley

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We took the back road home to Staunton from Richmond after the long Thanksgiving weekend, enjoying the late autumn leaves and winter woods along Rt. 250. A late-morning start had us ahead of expected heavy traffic as students returned to western Virginia universities and travelers began their journey home.

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img_5094-2By the time we arrived at this lumber yard in Zions Crossroads, we decided to hop on I-64 west and see how the traffic was at that point.

img_5105-2It was noon and traffic was still light. We were just ahead of the pack that would soon follow.

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img_5118-2Traffic remained light as we went up and over Afton Mountain.

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img_5132-2Back home in the Shenandoah Valley as we descended Afton Mountain on the western slope.

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img_5141-2Families in the Valley farm just as those before them have for years which was one reason this area was known as the breadbasket of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Our journey home was a safe one and we were just ahead of what ended up being a horribly congested I-64 and I-81 with traffic slowed down and backed up for miles late into Sunday night. Virginia … a beautiful place in the fall.

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
November 27, 2016

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2 thoughts on “Virginia late autumn woods … the road home to the Shenandoah Valley

  1. Bruce B says:

    Always enjoy your pictorials of the Blue Ridge countryside, and especially the Allegheny Highlands. As a flatlander from south cental Virginia, once I discovered the Allegheny Highlands, my heart was lost.
    I have driven Rt 250 from Charlottesville heading west to WVa several times, but never been on the eastern leg.
    Keep up the good political work too, its good hearing from your district.

  2. Calvin Lucy says:

    About time they were “eatn’ more chicken” up there !! Looks like your fall foliage is about done up there!! YLSF

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