onto a permanent place

I'd like to introduce you to the Shenandoah Valley. The Shenandoah ValleyI'm less than a month into my new (and first) job in the mountains of western Virginia. It's a gorgeous area with some very sweet people. I'm happily working for daily Gannett paper, The News Leader, in Staunton. Our coverage area includes most of Augusta County and a population of about 50,000 people. I feel so fortunate not only to be employed in this economy, but to have a job fresh out of college doing what I've wanted to do since I was 13.

Dead leaves and the dirty groundUnlike Portland and Dallas and Long Island and Denmark, I'm going to be here in Virginia for much longer. And I couldn't be happier to share my experiences here with you all! And not just because having a job means getting my dad off my back.

Augusta CountyBlue Ridge Parkway during Superstorm SandyThe Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley