Charleston is the capital of the state of West Virginia. It is the state's largest city with a population of 51,000. On our way out we passed by the state capital building which has an unusually handsome dome.
It was only 140 miles to our destination so we had time to slow down and enjoy the scenery. Sue's brother and his wife live in a beautiful area on Smith Mountain lake east of Roanoke called Moneta. Because of an allergy problem we will have to kennel Smokey while we are staying with them. There is a very nice Veterinary Hospital and kennel in Moneta and we had to arrive early enough for Smokey to get a physical and get checked in. They were amazed to see such a superb specimen of canine excellence, of course. I have visiting privileges and will drop in every day to see how he is doing.
We drove into Virginia and began to see the Blue Ridge mountains in the distance. Later in the week we will pick up Smokey and drive the Blue Ridge Parkway down the crest of the mountains 400 miles all the way through Virginia into North Carolina. It is going to be a super trip