Waterfalls, Wine, Bears and Beer!
Aug. 2, 2010 7:35 am
Updated: Aug. 2, 2010 12:11 pm
Just got back from the most awesome vacation! Hubby Jon and I took our young dog Suzy and went camping in Virginia. We spent the entire week hiking trails in the Shenandoah National Park, visiting wineries and breweries, and Jon did a little flyfishing.
The Park is awesome! We spotted at least one bear a day, some of them popped out on the trails in front of us not 40 yds. away. Those were pretty close encounters, but lucky for us those guys are about as afraid of us as we were of them! One big guy stared
at us about 3 seconds, long enough for us to start thinking "Oh no!" and then he just turned and walked away. Must have been Suzy that scared him off! LOL.
Besides the bears we saw many deer, including fawns. We saw skunks, baby raccoons, an eagle, just about everything there is to see except a fox, coyote or bobcat. The trails we took ranged from super easy and short to very strenuous and up to 4-1/2 miles
long. Saw several waterfalls which were very pretty and worth the effort of the hike.
After we spent mornings hiking we would then head to the wineries. We visited 14 wineries in all and didn't even hit half of the ones in the area! Some of them we spent a few hours sitting outside, with a great bottle of wine, enjoying the views of the vineyards
and mountains. I could have spent all day at some of them it was so beautiful! At one of the wineries we were allowed to pick a handful of their pinot gris grapes and taste them with our pinot gris wine. We had never tasted the grapes the wine had been
made from before so that was a nice experience.
One afternoon we stopped at a Brewery. Tasted all 10 of their beers, then had a pint with our lunch - which was fish tacos. And they were great fish tacos served with fruit salsa that was really, really tasty. It was nice to enjoy a beer after all the wine
we had been drinking!
We got home last evening. Our son, Steve, had been home caring for the rest of our animals (Missy the 12 year old chocolate lab included). He opened the door and Missy ran out - straight for Suzy! I think they missed each other, it was quite a reunion!
They have been inseparable since we got home. I had no idea they loved each other so much!
Now, today, it's time to get things unpacked and cleaned up and return to the normal life with chores and such. All good things must come to an end!
On one of the trails
Inside the brewery
A small waterfall
One of the "fancier" wineries