One of the side benefits of traveling to VCQ meetings is seeing different parts of the state, and choosing different routes than the usual interstate highway. On our return trip from Martinsville we took a leisurely drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Roanoke to Waynesboro. While this route is slower than the interstate, it was actually more direct than continuing west to I81, so the time difference wasn't that great, in spite of a few stops along the way. It was a beautiful day, and that made the trip all the more enjoyable, even though most of the leaves at that elevation had fallen. There was still color to see off to the east or west at lower elevations.