Far away from all the high-powered politics and traffic jams of Northern Virginia, the people of Southwest Virginia live a much simpler life. They pause to listen to the rustle of leaves or the murmur of a nearby stream. Days are spent with books, or tubing on the New River, or putting in long shifts at the local furniture factory.
I lived as a college student for eight years. I spent most of that time living on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. It was one of my favorite places to live, and I even considered staying after I graduated. But all the jobs are in Northern Virginia, so that’s where I ended up moving after college.
A few months before I graduated in 2005, my fiancee moved in with me in Blacksburg. I showed her around. I took her to the surrounding farms and to look at some of the best scenery Virginia has to offer.
Sunset in southwest Virginia.
The Cascades near Blacksburg.
One of the scenic outlooks near Richmond.
A farm near Blacksburg.
Another farm near Blacksburg.
Gathering of sheep.
A stream near Blacksburg.
Horses on the Virginia Tech campus.