The First Hike Of The Season

The first day of Spring was March 20 – but with our weather you would not think so.  On Thursday, April 4 the weather changed and we were under a winter storm warning.  We had sleet, freezing rain, snow and at times all of it mixed together coming down.  The roads became slick, as I found out driving home – thinking that I would not make it up the windy hill – but fish tailing all the way I made it to the top.  By the time the snow stopped you could not see the grass on the lawn.  I was not happy – I am so over winter and want the warmer weather to be upon us.  Friday there was no school, another snow day.

Saturday morning we had to run some errands, but the sun was shining and by mid-day the temperatures were in the 60’s!  I needed to be out in nature.  Packing up some snacks and our water bottles – we headed down the mountain to Rocky Knob.  The trail follows along the river.  The sounds of the water and the birds was lovely, the butterflies were so colorful and being out in nature spectacular.  Stella wanted to go swimming and I told her that she had to wait until we were on our way back.

Along the way we stopped and sat on some rocks, eating our snacks and checking out all the different trees and how some of them had grown all twisted.  Stella liked using the binoculars to see inside caves, inside tree roots or to just check out things at a closer viewpoint.

Our goal was to make it to the house in the woods and we did.  So wonderful – I want to live in this house in the middle of the woods with running water in the front yard – perfect.  As we were checking out the barn we came across a snake – luckily it was dead – but it was big!

We headed back to the car, with Stella hoping that we would stop in town on our way home for an ice cream cone.  Being the mom that I am – I let her keep thinking that it was a long shot that we would stop for ice cream – knowing that we would! As promised on the way back I told her she could get in the water, but that she might want to feel the water temperature before taking the plunge- even though it looked inviting it was still winter/spring.  After feeling the water she decided she would wait and go in another time. The hike was the perfect afternoon outing! And yes, we did stop for ice cream – sitting on a bench in town in the sun, enjoying each others company and of course people watching!

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6 Responses to The First Hike Of The Season

  1. Candace Coffin says:

    Wonderful blog. Obviously the house isn’t occupied…an old house? And the last photo…a bloodroot flower? : )

    • simply0637 says:

      The house says no trespassing, but I think it is used – there is a clothes line and it had some items hanging on it. Yes – I think the flower is bloodroot – I need to learn my VA flowers, trees, plants!

  2. virginia says:

    My favorite hike !

  3. Jo says:

    Beautiful shots and a fun blog…..I love Spring!

  4. deborah says:

    Great pictures, and a lovely day exploring topped off by ice cream, hard to top that! The warmth of the sun feels SO GOOD after such a long, cold winter – are they getting longer and colder or is my tolerance just less than it used to be?

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