The Joy of Gravel

spring lane in need of gravel

spring lane in need of gravel

I guess one of the things I’ve taken for granted over the years are roads. I grew up in a small town, but we always lived off paved roads, so gravel was something peopled used in their driveways, but that was about it.

Here in Shenandoah, we have a nice long gravel driveway, which connects to our gravel lane, which ends at a gravel road. There’s not a bit of blacktop pavement for about a mile.

When we first saw our house, I noticed that there was a muddy low spot, but it was a rainy day, so I wasn’t too concerned. The second time we saw it was at the tail end of a rainy period, so again, no concerns. Well, our record-breaking snowfall this winter saturated the ground, so the first part of the summer was spent dropping gravel into a muddy pit. We thought it was hard to navigate a snow-covered lane. It’s even harder to get in and out of a slippery muddy lane.

summer lane with gravel

summer lane with gravel

After learning our wonderful neighbor “knows a guy,” we’ve been able to add 3 loads of “crusher run” gravel to the lane. (Not, as I learned, “crush and run.”) The underlying roadbed still needs some improving (heavy rains invariably leave a washout of gravel), and we need one more load of gravel to finish the lane to the roundabout in our yard, but for now, we can at least enjoy knowing we can make it off of our little lilac covered hill. – Stacey Morgan Smith

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**

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