I took a quick trip to Virginia today – the first in a long time thanks to high gas prices. When I was writing Shades of Gray, I used to go at least once at week (often more), but I have not touched the sacred soil there for months now.
For anyone who has never visited the Fauquier/Loudoun area, it is a landscape of rolling hills and scenic pastures, lined with stone fences that are more than a century old.
I am like a kid in a candy store when I drive down those dirt roads – a grin on my face a mile wide. I wish I could have stayed longer this time, but my work schedule dictated otherwise.
I did take a few pictures that I will share with readers in the coming weeks. One photo I did not get was a young fox feeding on a dead deer by the side of the road while a flock of buzzards waited patiently for him to finish. I did not want to interrupt his meal as he looked a little worse for wear.
When the grass gets a little greener and things are not so dreary I hope to take even more photos of one of the most beautiful places on earth – Virginia.
I was just looking over your site and learning about your books. I “met” Jessica early today and forgot to mention that I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. There is so much history all around and you are right – it is beautiful 🙂