First Leg Completed 

This was our first picnic stop in Virginia at a very shady rest area.

With some pretty blooms…  

The pups enjoyed a long romp in a nice dog park in Roanoak, VA.  

And on to breakfast in lovely downtown Roanoak.  I had the coconut cream croissant!

This route was inspired by a recent article in Garden & Gun (see here) that suggests a route up Hwy 11 through the Shenandoah Valley.   (Thanks to Tammy for the link.) 

Of course, there was a detour right off!  But it was very short and I was back on route.   First stop, recommended by G&G was the Natural Bridge.  Wow!  215 feet high, 55 feet higher than Niagra Falls.  Walked right up on a baby copperhead right under the arch.  Yikes!

Easy 1 mile trail to Lace Falls, just up the creek from the arch.  


One thought on “First Leg Completed 

  1. Molly, this looks like an awesome trip–so happy for you, getting to do this! My maternal grandfather’s family was from the Shenandoah Valley, so this part is especially interesting to me.

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