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Carol Perkins: Fall Driving Trip, Part 1

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By Carol Perkins

After months of isolation, Guy and I took a driving trip through West Virginia and Virginia. We headed out in his thirteen-year-old Ram truck, because of the massive legroom, and brought along a large box of masks. (Carla questioned our sanity leaving behind two good vehicles and driving the loud truck instead.)

Our goal was to avoid crowded areas and take scenic routes (which in some cases were hairpin curves). Because of the number of tourists, spots like Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown became "drive-bys."

We chose this route for its beauty and two other reasons: the beach and the Naval base, where Guy was stationed back in the 60s. When the children were young, we took a trip to Washington, DC, and saw many of the same places we were going to revisit, but time brings great changes, and that is what we found. Nothing looked the same.

On the first leg, we drove out of Kentucky and to Charleston, West Virginia (the mountains are gorgeous), where we spent the first night. We had breakfast at the famous Tudor's Biscuits.

The next day was on to White Springs, WV, to the historic Greenbrier Resort, built in 1778. This massive structure covers 11,000 acres with more rooms than the Opryland Hotel! Driving through this resort area was one of our trip highlights.

We followed the mountains to Charlottesville and then to Richmond, where we spent the second night. In the Charlottesville area are the homes of at least three presidents. We thought we had been the last time we were in the area but decided to tour Monticello again. The limited number of tickets were already sold out. Guy remembered a telescope, but that could have been at Mt. Vernon. I visualized wagons and carriages struggling up that mountain top to Jefferson's estate. Poor horses.

Richmond could be a week's vacation with its rich American history and, for me, visions of "Gone with the Wind" romance, war, and Rhett Butler. In this area, we saw many confederate flags on front porches. After a day in Richmond, we headed to Virginia Beach. Of our six-day trip, three of them would be overlooking the ocean.

Our plan of sitting on the balcony and drinking coffee never happened because of the wind chill factor! We made the beach our "home" base while taking more sightseeing trips- back to the Shenandoah Valley, to Norfolk, then to Fredericksburg, and the Chesapeake Bay. Most exciting and unexpected was crossing the seventeen-mile bridge (and driving under tunnels) to the Eastern Shore and barrier islands of Virginia. This day presented several conflicts, starting with windshield wipers! (Continued next week...)

Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at

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Snake Creek Road snaking along

2020-10-23 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
The fall driving trip story by Carol Perkins reminded me of this week's trip down Snake Creek Road in Adair County. See how it slithers?

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