how long did it take to drive there from W-S?
Not too long, just a couple of hours. It really depends on whether you go through Cana or not. If you take 77 to 74 to Fancy Gap (to the Parkway) it's faster than trying to get through the bottleneck at Cana, but it's not as much fun. When I went, I drove through Cana, on the way home, I took 77/74.