Thursday, October 23, 2014

7 peaks

We did our 5th today hike.  Trails seem less busy on weekdays compared to weekends.  We saw a few people hiking down as we went up, but at the top we had the view all to ourselves.

Peak #5 - Dragon's Tooth

This is the third time I've hiked Dragon's Tooth.  It is probably my favorite hike in the area.  The "teeth" are Tuscarora quartzite, with the tallest "tooth" about 35 feet tall.

Hiking up the trail

View from about halfway up

Ashley and Brandon hiking

Dragon's Tooth

At the top

Enjoying the view

 Evelyn did okay; she slept on the way up and was happy most of the way down.  She got a little tired and fussy toward the end.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

7 peaks

The weather was much nicer this weekend for our 4th hike.  A little cloudy and windy, but otherwise a perfect fall day.  The leaves have started to turn colors too.

Peak #4 - Poor Mountain

This peak's claim to fame is it is home to the world's largest population of rare shrub piratebush.  The trail is a loop where you actually hike down to see the cascade/waterfall and then hike back up to the parking lot.

Hiking down the trail

The cascades

Small creek

Hiking back up the trail

Evelyn stayed awake and happy for the whole trip.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Random pictures

Just a few extra pictures of Evelyn.

We are still running even though it is getting chillier outside.

Pretty much anything can be a toy.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

7 peaks

Hike number three happened today in the rain and fog.  Evelyn missed the whole thing.  She slept all the way up and all the way down.

Peak #3 - Read Mountain

Read Mountain is the newest and largest park in Roanoke County and boasts one the best views of Roanoke.  Unfortunately, as we hiked higher up the mountain it became apparent that we were not going to see much of anything.  We had a great time, but we all agreed that we needed to come back on a sunny day.

Our "view" of Roanoke.

Sound asleep at the top.

Picture of Buzzard Rocks


We took some pictures at the bottom of the hike since the top was not so scenic.  

After the hike, Nate, Evelyn, and I went to Piety.  I had a cherry baby pie and Nate got a turtle one. Very very yummy. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

8 months old

Evelyn turned 8 months old yesterday, but we took our pictures today.  In order to stay still she requires a puzzle piece to chew on.  Evelyn is sleeping better and sleeping straight though the night isn't as uncommon as it used to be.  Sweet potatoes are definitely her favorite food, but she also likes apples, pears, carrots, and rice puffs.  And Penny is still her best friend.

On Monday Evelyn officially graduates from one side of the baby room to the other side! All her teachers say she is much happier on the other side as she has more room to move and new, exciting toys to play with.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

7 in 7

We hiked our second peak today since it was very close to our house and we typically have dinner with Ashley and Brandon on Thursday (a little tradition we started after Evelyn was born and they brought us dinner one Thursday night).

Peak #2 - Sawtooth Ridge

This hike is out along the part of the Appalachian Trail that runs behind our house.  I did this hike once before with Meredith and Jeremy when they visited soon after Nate and I moved to Virginia.


  Evelyn hiked with Nate this time and babbled the whole way back to the car.  Best part of this hike was stopping at the Homeplace for dinner.  Yum!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

7 peaks in 7 weeks

For the next 7 weeks, Nate, Evelyn, and me along with our friends Ashley and Brandon are going to attempt to hike 7 of Roanoke's top mountain summits.  It's an event/challenge put on by Roanoke parks and rec.

Peak #1 - Mill Mountain

I was probably most excited about this one because we haven't climbed Mill Mountain yet to see the Roanoke Star.  Fun fact, Mill Mountain is the highest point in Roanoke and the Star, erected in 1949, is the world's largest man-made star.

View from the top

The Roanoke Star

Another view of Roanoke

This was Evelyn's first hike.  She did really well in the carrier and in fact slept the whole way to the top.  

Family Picture

Something else really cool was going on at Mill Mountain today.  Bikers were riding up and down the mountain 36 times in order to equal the elevation of Mt. Everest.  Every biker had a small flag and a stick that they used to keep track of their trips up and down.