Enchanted by the roads of Roanoke in the fall

Visitors take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins during pumpkin picking and fun at Ashland Berry Farm in Hanover County, Va., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Alexa Video Welch Edlund/Times-Dispatch

Last week, as I drove home to Roanoke, I wanted to see how the seasons change.

I was a little early, but I was not disappointed.

Downtown Roanoke is in restricted airspace, less than 5 miles from the airport. I have lived in the city most of my adult life. I’ve only flown into the city once, when I arrived in America in 2008. I was thrilled to see what the roads I had been on were like.

I flew near US 220, south of town. The town is in the valley, mostly under cover of trees.

At near maximum elevation you start to see a bit of downtown in the distance.

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