Wednesday, August 28, 2013

North Anna Float (Doswell, VA)

When Joey and I purchased our season passes for Snowshoe this year, we were pleased to find that our passes also included three free days at Seven Springs (PA) and Mountain Creek (NJ). Duteously, Joey called ahead to confirm this with Seven Springs. He found out, however, that this didn’t include Saturdays, so we shortened our trip to a single day. This left me with one vital question – what to do on Saturday?

Immediately I remembered one crucial trip that we’d yet to make this summer…it was time to float the North Anna River! At the last minute, a group of eight friends agreed to meet the next morning to make the float. Along for the adventure were Rebecca, Alex, Jason, Mac, Virginia, Brett, Mark, and Catherine.

As usual, we had a slow start to the day and arrived at the put-in about an hour later than we’d hoped. Luckily for us, though, the water level was high and moving faster than I’d ever seen. The four-hour float that we’d expected flew by in just over two hours. The swift current also meant that the tubers scooted along just as quickly as the boats, avoiding the typical need for a tow rope.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Mary's Rock (Luray, VA)

This weekend I decided to visit Nat in DC. He, along with his roommate Jean Francois and I headed to the Shenandoah National Park on Saturday morning in search of our friend Jake, camped within the Mathews Arm Campground.

We searched the camp area for Jake's girlfriend's car until finally spotting it parked by the Traces Trail. We began up the trail and eventually spotted them near the trail's intersection with the Appalachian Trail. Unfortunately, Jake's girlfriend Dung (pronounced "yung") had injured her knee earlier and was not feeling up for any additional hiking. We parted ways with them after hiking back to the parking lot and continued on to find another trail along the Skyline Drive.

Jean Francois suggested we find the trail to Mary's Rock, so we did. Once atop the ridge, the view was magnificent! We celebrated our ascent with a beer, took in the view for a bit longer, then headed back to the Jeep. After that we headed into Sperryville to check out the Copper Fox Distillery, then back to DC. I dropped them off at their apartment and headed back for Richmond. Not a bad way to spend the day!