Sunday, November 7, 2010
Dickey Knob Trail - Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area
Troutdale, Virginia - November 6, 2010
That date is correct. This picture was taken on Saturday's hike. We spent the weekend in Abingdon, Virginia presumably to bike the 34-mile Virginia Creeper Trail. When we woke up to this on Saturday morning, biking seemed somewhat impractical, so a nice hike became the order of the day. We were not disappointed! The hike to Dickey Knob was 5.2 miles roundtrip and involved quite a bit of a climb. The snow was powdery soft and temps were well above freezing, so it was not slippery and we were never cold. The reward for the climb..............................
View at end of Dicky Knob Trail
When we returned to our cabin, Mr. B made the first winter batch of his wonderful Chili which we enjoyed with homemade tamales from a source we've had for years. What a wonderful way to end such a beautiful day.
Being the extreme morning person that I am, I absolutely love it when the time changes. I wake up on my own between 5:45 and 6:15 every morning. So of course, this morning I woke up at precisely 5:15 (new time). What a way to start the day!! I just love watching the world wake up. Mr. B (and probably you too!!) thinks I'm nuts, but that's just the way God wired me - I've ALWAYS been this way! Of course, the downside is that it is currently 7:20 p.m. and I'm more than ready for bed! Put together the time change, a 19 mile bike ride today, another delicious dinner prepared by Mr. B, a hot bath and what can you expect? Yep, when it gets dark, it's time to go to bed! LOL!
We rode the lower portion of the Virginia Creeper Trail today beginning in Abingdon and riding to Damascus for a total of 19 miles. It was a bit chilly in the beginning, but we quickly warmed up. This is one of the many trestles crossed as you make your way along the trail.
I knew you'd want at least one of Mr. B's famous "butt" shots to make this post complete!! At 529 feet, I believe this is the longest trestle on the trail and it sits at the confluence of the South Holston and Watauga rivers. It was a beautiful ride on a beautiful day.
I cannot remember when I've been so relaxed about my eating for an entire weekend. It has felt very comfortable and other than the dessert I had the first evening we were here, there have been no extra indulgences. Just good, healthy choices and no overeating. It will be interesting to see what the scale has to say when I weigh on Tuesday. It was a huge step for me to leave home without the scale. It normally accompanies me everywhere I go.
We will leave Abingdon early in the morning and get Mr. B back for his classes. My sister is in town and we are planning a hike in the mountains for tomorrow afternoon, so the outdoor extravaganza continues and I couldn't be happier!
Do you love or hate the new time?