It was a beautiful spring morning when a friend and I headed south from Staunton to Lexington and then turned west on I-64 heading toward the Allegheny Mountains of western Virginia. If you've never driven this stretch of interstate, you've missed a beautiful part of Virginia and West Virginia.
This is the on-ramp for I-64 west of Lexington. Look at the scenery ... mountains, trees, blue sky.
First stop was Clifton Forge snuggled along the mountain bases.
There's a Tea Room in Clifton Forge!
And then out the western side of Clifton Forge back onto the interstate to nearby Covington.
The Chocolate Festival is this Saturday at the Armory in Clifton Forge. Sweet tooth mandatory....
Covington is a combination of small and large homes ...
... the railroad ...
... and a quaint downtown.
They have a new Visitor Center that also houses the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce.
By afternoon temperatures had reached 70 degrees as we lunched in Covington, then back on the road toward Lexington ...
... and the familiar sights of that area.
The Blue Ridge Mountains were ahead of us as we traveled east on I-64 and then north on I-81 before turning east on I-64 at Staunton to drive up and over to the eastern side of Afton Mountain before heading back home to Staunton.
Afton Mountain and Waynesboro in the Shenandoah Valley below. This part of Virginia touches hearts and souls ... it's a wonderful place to call home.
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
April 1, 2014