Roads Less Traveled: a Morning Outing

Simple Gifts
Simple Gifts

Drudge. I have to take the loaner back to Protocol and pick up our new timing belt and tires that will set us back a goodly chunk of change.

But great! I have an excuse to be on the road in the morning while the fog still hangs and the sun rises: spider webs, dew covered wildflowers, scenic vistas shrouded in morning haze.

I’m outta here, hopefully back with the spoils of my obligatory travels.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Finished mowing the grass yesterday and got 6 face-fulls of golden orb spider webs. On the one hand, I suppose they keep the mosquito population down, but on the other hand, a sticky face full of web is most unpleasant!