Monday, November 1, 2010

Carry Me Back From Old Virginny

I'm back and it's good to be home.  It was also good to be in Virginia.  The mountains surrounding the valley never change so I can "go home again".  The truth is, Roanoke doesn't change much either.  While it's good to always have the familiar waiting for me, I'm not sure it's good for the city.  It is no longer the "home" of the Norfolk and Western Railroad.  Many trains still lumber through the city but they now carry the Norfolk and Southern logo.  Roanoke has become a major medical destination for southwestern Virginia and eastern West Virginia.  It is the cultural destination for many.  A major airline would be a real boon.  Otherwise, the city remains much the same--lovely and safe in the arms of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west.

I'll be back tomorrow to share my visit with two lovely ladies I met through blogging.  It was a first for me--a visit I never dreamed possible!  



Leafless sentinels 


The gravel road to Emerson Creek


Emerson Creek Pottery


Emerson Creek's newest design--The Peaks of Otter


A favorite destination for lunch or dinner--The Wildflour

An absolute must "stop" on the city market.  Note the limited menu!

I'll be back tomorrow to share my visit with two blogging friends.

20 comments:

  1. "Lovely and safe." I couldn't ask for more. That's why we love our mountains in western North Carolina. You've said it all beautifully.
    Sam

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  2. Welcome back! I didn't realize you were in Roanoke...we have been there recently--good friends live there. Glad you had a good time.

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  3. cant wait to hear your blogger friend story. love love old pottery house and the trees.

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  4. Love all your photos! Glad you had a nice trip. And the tree on your header is just gorgeous!

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  5. I think one of the secrets is no flash. But not sure of that...but I know I did not use one and try never to if possible. I'm still trying to find time to learn my camera!

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  6. What great pictures! Always good to be back home; I know the feeling.

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  7. Sounds like a wonderful trip! Can't wait to hear more. Carla

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  8. I LOVE your tree pictures!! And the creek road and the pottery, even the weiner stand menu, now I can really see where you are talking about!! And the Pottery, what a charming place!! Is Emerson Creek a good place to go as well?

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  9. Hi Bonnie, Welcome home. I have missed you. Glad you enjoyed going 'home' to Virginny. As you know, my home is in Virginny also--since I was born and raised in Southwest Virginia in Big Stone Gap.

    Glad you got to meet Ginny. We met them this past Summer... Neat people... I don't know Beverly.

    Did you visit the Parkway and Skyline Drive this time???? Hope so.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. It's always nice to read about the different places people visit and why. Bonnie, I'm sure you'll have plenty of fun things to tell us soon for sure.
    Welcome back and flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  11. Roanoke is beautiful, especially at this time of year, and I'm glad you had a good visit home. Love the pottery! We missed our annual trip to Skyline Drive to see the leaves this year- we'll just have to try again next year!

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  12. It is a lovely area. I'm glad you had a nice trip.

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  13. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us...its always good to be home. Roanoke looks beautiful, its not really that far away, and its definitely someplace I need to visit!

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  14. Love the name of the restaurant! Limited can be good. Fewer choices to make. Love the scenic photos.
    Brenda

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  15. It's such a beautiful area! Pleased you had a lovely trip and am looking forward to a report on your blogger meeting.

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  16. Wish I had been there to meet you at the Wildflour!! Very glad you enjoyed your visit and that you are back safely!! Your photos are lovely; I take it that you are enjoying your new toy. =)

    Look forward to more about your visit! Hugs ~ Tanna

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  17. I'm so glad that you are back home, safe and sound. I look forward to hearing about more of your travels throughout the week. Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures of the fall foliage. How I miss those colors down in Texas!

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  18. I visited Roanoke years ago when my sister lived there and remember it being a very beautiful town. I'm happy you are back home, Bonnie, and I'm looking forward to posts about your trip.

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  19. We visited Roanoke about ten years ago. I loved it.

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