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Rule seven says to choose a direction rather than a destination. You should be open to what life offers.
Driving from Florida to Pennsylvania, we took extra time in order to arrive refreshed and better able to enjoy seeing our friends.
The fastest route would be I-95, but that is stressful, so we drove back-roads. Somewhere in the Carolinas, I noticed Seneca Rocks, West Virginia on the map. That appealed and was only a couple hundred miles out of our way.
In Radford, Virginia, we decided to see Stafford Art Glass on US 460. On the way, we decided to drive into Blacksburg, home of Virginia Technical University, the beloved alma mater of a former colleague.
The art studio clearly had not been open for some time, so we took turned onto Virginia 42 which went the direction we wanted. That took us through the charming little village of Newport where we saw a sign pointing to a covered bridge.
We went to see the bridge but rather than retrace our steps continued on the winding road. It took us to county route 700 on which we discovered the Mountain Lake Lodge, opened in 1856. It turns out the 1987 version of the movie Dirty Dancing which takes place in New York’s Catskill Mountains, was partially filmed at the Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia.
The road north from the lodge was closed, so we took county 600, looped back to Newport and continued north on 42 until county 658 which seemed a shortcut to Elkins, W.V. Near Senaca Rocks, Elkins was now our destination because it had a motel.
On the way, we had a picnic lunch at a table on the lawn of the Forks of John’s Creek Christian Church before turning on VA 311.
311 took us to Paint Bank, a small town that caters to tourists looking at the fall leaves. In the general store, we saw a T-shirt that read “End of the world 9 miles; Paint Bank 12 miles.”
Finally reaching Elkins, we found a very nice little town and an excellent restaurant. The town decorated its parking signs for the “Third Annual Elkins Main Street Scarecrow Festival.” We decided to stay an extra night, saw Senaca Rocks and found a most interesting glassblower, the subject of my next post.
We had not even known about most of these places when we left Florida. We would go back — except that a detour might take us someplace else.