A trip to the mountains

Monday, November 17, 2014


A few weeks ago, Mark and I took a quick weekend trip to the mountains of Virginia. We packed a cooler with a quart of soup, lots of apples, and some Larabars to munch on. I was worried about taking a mini-vacation in the middle of Whole30, but it actually turned out to be easier than I thought it would be. For lunch, we pulled off at a picnic area on the Blue Ridge Parkway and heated the soup over a portable camp stove. It felt like camping (without the hassle). Normally, vacation is the time to splurge and treat yourself to all kinds of sugary treats that you normally wouldn't have. We talked about it a lot (especially when we passed the cutest little ice cream shop in downtown Lexington) but we were good and munched on our bag of apples instead.


We spent most of the day on Saturday riding around hair-pin mountain curves and checking out the beautiful leaves, but a few times we pulled off to stretch our legs and take in the gorgeous view of the James. We saw snippets of the Appalachian Trail and followed it for a little while back into the woods before heading back to the warmth of the car. We found a bluegrass station on the radio as we drove and ignored the GPS's frantic rerouting efforts as we got deeper and deeper into the mountains. We passed waterfalls and country stores and pointed out which cabin we wanted for our fairy-tale second home. 


There's really is something so beautiful and special about visiting the mountains in the fall. It's a rite of passage; a welcome for another season. It wouldn't feel like fall without it.

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  1. Wow! Can you tell me how to get to this bridge?! I'm in Virginia too, and am now dying to go here. :) xo

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    1. Hey, Eliza! It is the James River Foot Bridge near Glasgow, Virginia. It meets up with the Appalachian Trail on the other side of the river and the views are awesome!

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  3. We have a four-wheel drive tray-back and my partner built a canopy for it that we can sleep in. Best idea ever! We can put some food in an esky, throw a mattress and a few pillows in the back, grab the fishing rods and go camping for the weekend at a second's notice. We live on the coast of Western Australia so there is no shortage of places to explore!

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    1. That sounds awesome! (I had to google the word "esky". Ha! I've never heard that term before.)

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  4. Beautiful photographs. My dad used to live in VA and he told me how gorgeous it is in the fall. I really hope to see it one day. I also ADORE your yellow flats.

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    1. Aw, thank you! They are actually my wedding shoes so I have a special attachment to them. :)

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