I often get asked why I travel so far to work each day. The answer is very simple. I love where I live. Shannondale is a fairly quiet community positioned between the Appalachian Trail and the Shenandoah River. The roads aren’t very good and you pretty much have to drive 15 minutes to the nearby city of Charles Town if you need anything. But, what it does have is natural beauty. The couple weeks of color during Fall are one of my most favorite times of the year.
Shannondale is lucky enough to have a 55 acre private man-made lake. As long as you don’t hangout too long (or try to fish) you can grab a quick photograph or two. To do it right, you can enjoy the lake from The Lake House where you can get a basic meal or even rent a canoe. Club memberships are also available but the price is a bit steep.
Our house is about halfway up the mountain. Having friends that live even higher up on the Blue Ridge Mountains allows us to enjoy the views of the valley. We were hoping to catch a few shots of a nice sunset on a recent visit but Mother Nature didn’t feel like cooperating on this night. Still, not a bad view at all.