A beautiful day on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Before I flood your feeds with beautiful pictures of Virginia mountains, please check out this link. It’s a list of ways you can help the victims of the tornadoes in Arkansas last night. I lived there for two and a half years, and the state will always have a very special place in my heart. If you can afford to give a few dollars, please consider doing so. For the city of Vilonia, this was the second devastating tornado in three years. Any help would be appreciated.

Back in Virginia, the weather was beautiful, and we enjoyed a perfect day of hiking. Back in the winter, I saw this on Twitter:

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Ever since, it has been at the top of my list of places to take a day trip to. This weekend the weather was perfect, and it would be our last free weekend until the end of May, so we packed up Hermione and drove three and a half hours to Bedford, VA. The drive was long, but it wasn’t bad. There was a lot of beautiful scenery, and I never mind long drives with my husband & dog.

We got there and were instantly a little intimidated by the hike we were about to start:

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Their website listed this as a 1.5 mile, very steep & strenuous hike. They weren’t kidding. Well, maybe about the 1.5 mile part. It ended up being closer to two. It also took us about an hour to do it. I seriously thought it was going to kill me. My legs are still throbbing today.

The views on the way up were beautiful, and despite the pain, I knew the view from the top would be worth it.

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I wasn’t the only one wanting to just quit and go back to the car. Once we were pretty close to the top, our sweet girl kept wanting to just find a shady spot and lay down. So that’s what we did. We stopped and had a snack, gave her lots of water and let her rest before continuing to the top.

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After what seemed like an eternity, we reached the top. And it was so beautiful.

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One of the interesting things I learned about the mountain, was that Thomas Jefferson once claimed it was the highest point in Virginia, and maybe even the country. It isn’t on either count =)

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Hermione admired the view for a minute, and then crawled under a rock until Graham & I were finished.

IMG_16382014-04-27 15.07.19We stayed at the top for a while, taking it all in, before making the trek back to the car. When we got to the parking lot, Hermione keyed in on a little stream. We thought it would be nice to let her get wet and cool off before going home. She instantly laid down in the water, & then rolled around in the mud.

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She’s so cute though, it’s impossible to get mad at her =) Especially when she sleeps like this most of the way home.

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6 thoughts on “A beautiful day on the Blue Ridge Parkway

    • Heather says:

      Thanks! She loves being outside and used to hike/walk all the time. She’s gained some weight, so we definitely have to slow down a little these days =)

  1. 2catsandchloe says:

    I love the picture of hermione in the stream. 🙂 Don’t you just love the valley? I went to school in that area… you could see the blue ridge mountains in the distance out my bedroom window. Every morning I woke up to the sun rising over the mountains. I love being here, close to the beach, but man I loved my four years in the mountains!

    • Heather says:

      She’s lucky she’s so cute. She was COVERED in mud. A group of college kids hanging out were really amused by it. Luckily we had a blanket in the back seat.

      And it’s so beautiful! We’re planning a hike in the Shenandoah National Park soon. The mountains were definitely something I missed while we lived in Arkansas. It’s one of the many reasons I wanted to get back to the east coast.

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