Drove to Fredricksburg and back Saturday to pick up Amy’s Christmas present (more about it after the big day). After the usual nail-biting tussle with traffic on I-81 and fog on Afton Mountain on I-64, turned off the Interstate East of Charlottesville for a beautiful drive through Albermarle County horse country.

Lots to see on the white-fenced estates that line both sides of the road between I-64 and Orange. Then a straight shot through The Wilderness and Chacecellor’s battlefields and into Fredricksburg.

Had time to stop at Hard Times Cafe for a bowl of Texas chili and a side of jalapeños before getting back on the road. Less fog on Afton Mountain for the return but more on Christiansburg Mountain and all along Rte. 8 into Floyd.