Roanoke is a city that is beautiful in the rain. A little under an hour north of Henry County, Roanoke is a great place to get away from rural life and take in something more “cosmopolitan”, a quick pint at a craft brewery (there are several), or just to grab lunch while letting the hustle and bustle of a real city remind you that you are still part of the human race. Continue reading Roanoke: Market Center
Here in Henry County, we are very close (about 3 miles, depending on where you are standing) from the North Carolina border. In fact, when I head to the Ridgeway library, I actually cross the border into North Carolina and back into Virginia on my way.
Ever since we moved here, a neighbor who became a very close friend has been telling us that we had to go check out the waterfall on DeShazo Road. From what he was saying, I was picturing a smaller stream with an abandoned falling-down mill and an arduous hike but I really couldn’t have been more wrong. Continue reading Fall Creek Falls, North Carolina
Mother has always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. At seventy, and after two years of little to no activity, the move to Virginia has reawakened her desire to get on the Trail. We aren’t that far from it and the section through Virginia is supposed to be one of the most accessible, according to her. She’s found a section hike that is just under five miles, round trip, within a short drive and it looks like this is something that is going to have to at least be attempted. No one just dives into the Appalachian Trail though so we’ll have to work up to it. Continue reading The Gravely Preserve