(Copyright (c) 2010 Greta Koehl) We were on our way almost on time; I had to kiss both daughters, make sure they understood the instructions correctly for taking care of the cats and feeding the birds, and of course, run back into the house one last time to get something I had forgotten.
Our driving instructions were simple for this first day. Take Route 66 to 81. Take Route 81 to Exit 80 at Fort Chiswell/Max Meadows. Hotel is there.
We drove through a torrential downpour from Staunton to Christiansburg and later passed a tractor-trailer that had flipped over about 200 degrees (upside down and tilting against the hillside).
At Lexington we stopped to walk around a bit. We stopped at a bookstore, bought a book about wooden houses, and petted the bookstore cat (whose picture I unfortunately forgot to take). Here are some pictures we took at Washington and Lee University.