Hiking The Wagon Trail

Hiking The Wagon Trail

A fairly level trail on our property, actually an old wagon road, leads from the top of our driveway to the western edge of our property where a creek marks that boundary of the third parcel.  It is about 3/4 of a mile out and back, a 20 minute walk at a slow pace. ...
After A Spring Rain

After A Spring Rain

Mid-April the warming weather brings spring rains, a greening landscape and abundant flowers.  The clear winter landscape, low clouds and spectacular sunrises give way to bright spring colors. Our pollinator garden is becoming bright green and a few wildflowers are...
Vultures in Spring

Vultures in Spring

One morning we watched a turkey vulture sit on the grape arbors with its wings outstretched for nearly an hour.  It was one of the first warmer days of spring and the vulture was increasing the surface area of its body to allow the sun to more easily warm it....
Butterflies

Butterflies

Beginning in late Spring and stretching thru Fall, butterflies are a frequent sight in the pollinator gardens planted on the cut slopes behind the house and barn. One of the most beautiful is the Eastern Black Swallowtail.  The Virginia state butterfly, the Tiger...
Grayson – Highlands State Park

Grayson – Highlands State Park

We have been camping within a 3 hour drive of Roanoke, exploring all the state and local parks we are able to.  Our favorite by a long shot is to spend a weekend in Grayson-Highlands in the spring. You want to get in there the first or second week of May and the...
Biking The New River Trails

Biking The New River Trails

Another favorite camping spot is New River.  We take our bikes and make a weekend of exploring the ‘rail trails’ (many are built on defunct railroad right-of-way paths) and neighboring cities that are accessible by trail.  If you go in the spring, the warm...

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