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.