In February I tried very hard to show beauty on a foggy and drizzly day. But this time in the middle of a gorgeous spring, I don’t even have to try. Nature has fully sprung into action. With its dandelion-speckled meadows, the fragrance of apple blossoms in the air, birds twittering in the cedar trees, with its glorious presence Nature is creating a more joyful mood. Today I suggest a more leisurely walk around our beautiful community. If you take the time to stop often to look at the landscape and listen to the birds chant their cheerful songs, you will need about 40 minutes to complete the loop.
We start our walk at the General Store, where a bed of tulips adds color to the country store.
Going west on the commercial street, we walk past a colonnade of trees.
At the motel we turn left and begin a gentle climb.
The St. John the Baptist Church looks beautiful any time of the year, but especially now in springtime.
There is hardly a house in Fauquier that does not have trees and shrubs to beautify its yard.
The trees have grown so tall you cannot see our house on Google Earth any more.
A neighbor farther up the hill is completed surrounded by shrubs and trees.
After you have reached this large property on the left at the top of the loop, the road begins to level off.
Now it is going downhill with a wonderful view of the Arrow Lake down in the valley.
You walk alongside a murmuring brook, where the first shoots of wild mint are emerging from the water.
Turning around under a flowering chestnut tree, you look back on the hillside road you’ve just come from.
Turning into the opposite direction, you see the Fauquier Elementary School, where I have been teaching from 1976 to 2000. It is now closed and houses the Fauquier Communication Centre.
You now cross Highway 6 and savor the fantastic view of the lake across the Fauquier golf course.
Taking the pathway parallel to the highway, you complete the loop by going past the club house.