Friday, July 6, 2018

Canaan Valley (West Virginia)

With the 4th of July holiday falling on a Wednesday, Rebecca and I decided to take Thursday and Friday off from work in order to gain an extended weekend. For this outing, we chose to explore Canaan Valley, finding a relatively inexpensive [pet-friendly] condo to rent through AirBnB.

We arrived on Thursday night after a leisurely drive along route 33. We were pleasantly surprised to find the condo equipped with a large whirlpool and decided to unwind with a soak in the tub before driving into Davis, WV for dinner at Sirianni's Cafe.

The next morning I set our sights on the Hellbender Cirque. We rode a slighly modified version, opting to begin at the Canaan Valley Institute.

The main attraction was the Moon HooDoo Rocks section. It's a challenging and unique section of rock which resembles what you'd expect to see from the lava flow of a volcanic eruption.

Once we were back within spitting distance of the Canaan Valley Institute, Rebecca took the dogs back to the car while I continued along the route. I completed the last few miles which contained the largest ascent and descent - well worth the effort - and eventually made my way into Davis where I rendezvoused with them.

That night we dined at Muttley's, followed by a bit of ice cream across the street.

The next morning we packed up and headed to Blackwater Falls State Park before continuing home to Richmond.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4th of July Float (James River, VA)

Without the confidence that the Fiesta could support it, our canoe has been relegated to the backyard for the past two and a half years. Only three days after purchasing the Crosstrek, I was thrilled to dust off the Discovery to go for a float once again!

We joined a group of seven at Pony Pasture for a short float down the James River to the Reedy Creek takeout. At roughly three hours total, the float was a simple way to celebrate the 4th in the sun!

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Crosstrek Plans

Now that I've got the Crosstrek, I think I'll leave it stock - sha, right!

In the mail is a 2" lift from Anderson Design & Fabrication and an EcoHitch by Torklift.

I'm planning on powdercoating a set of used WRX 16" wheels gold, and trying my hand at Plasti-Dipping the car's trim and emblems to match. I'll try to document the process in order to share its results - good or bad.

The tires have arrived already - a set of 215/70-R16 Cooper Discoverer A/T3 All Terrain's. Their first official test will be the sand of Cape Lookout in late July.

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