It’s a rare occurrence that my husband and I go anywhere or do anything without the entire family. So this weekend when we had the chance to go on a mini-vacation in one of our favorite spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway we were like, yeah, we probably deserve to do that.
My husband and I met in the mountains– snowboarding, to be precise. We’ve spent many weekends camping and hiking over the eleven+ years we’ve been together. So things like this are perfect for us! But I don’t need a bunch of words to explain it.. I’ll let the pictures tell the story:
We arrived on a rainy weekend, overcast with fog. Despite the dreary forecast the weather was still beautiful. We were surrounded by wildlife. These pictures are completely unedited.. who needs Photoshop when you have the outdoors? (Click on any picture to see it larger)
Our hike began with touring a historical farmhouse about half a mile away. I love to imagine the Johnson Farm a century ago, with 11 children sharing only two bedrooms. Spending their days exploring the mountain, widdling toys, working the farm. I’m sure they got into quite a bit of mischief!
Our hike to the top of the mountain was breathtaking, in more ways than one 😉 With the fog we didn’t get the view we were expecting, but it was pretty incredibly being at the top of one of the highest points in Virginia and seeing nothing but white. The rain meant that we had the entire mountain to ourselves. We may have set a record for the youngest person to go down the trail as well.
I hope by next year we’ll be in good enough shape to hike UP the mountain as well. Maybe without the toddler in tow, though.
Where we stayed:
85554 Blue Ridge Parkway
Bedford, VA 24523
Muddy Squirrel, LLC
Post Office Box 236
Troutville, VA 24175