Last minute Camping!

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Our weekend started early on Saturday morning! We packed the Sprinter with a weekend full of gear and headed out to the Blue Ridge Mountains for some last minute camping. First stop, Crossfit Charlottesville to watch a few fellow athletes and coaches compete in the Super Fit Games Charlottesville


We arrived at the crossfit box at noon and under a hot direct sun! Our team had an easy-up which provided ample shade. The Husband and I rotated between taking photos of the our teammates in the competition and watching the little one. She did a good job of sitting in her stroller for all of about 30 minutes.

 

Daddy and his little girl on the YBike

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Ardent Crossfit at Superfit Charlottesville

 

By this time, the three of us were ready to move. Donald let he ride her the YBIKE  around the area and play ball with the other kids. They even ‘raced’ each other up and down the drive-way!

 

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Racing

After about 2 hours of this we called it quits. We said our good-byes and headed to South Street Brewery in downtown Charlottesville for a flight of beer and lunch!

 

When we had our fill of food, we pointed the Sprinter to the west and headed out! Skyline Drive, in the Shenandoah Mountains was our destination.  We jumped on at the southern entrance. There are only 4 places of entry on the 105 mile road.

 

Loft Mountain campgrounds was our point of interest. Located at mile marker 74.5 on Skyline Drive we were approximately 30 miles away. A nice campground with plenty of space between each site.

 

Loft Mountain camp ground
Loft Mountain camp ground

 

We decided to take a nice “easy” 20 mile bike ride at the request of daddy.  We didn’t exactly pay attention to the HUGE 2 mile accent we took to the TOP of Loft Mountain to the camp ground. But quickly realized it when we sped to the bottom.

 

OUCH.

 

We rode up skyline drive and stopped at a few beautiful overlooks.

 

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Overlook on Skyline Drive

 

When we decided to head back to the campground we took a deep breath and went for it. We both dropped down to our triples and peddled hard. What took us 5 minutes to descend, it took us 25 minutes to ascend.

 

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20 mile ride

 

When we got back to camp it took a while to catch our breath and we realized we didn’t stop for fire wood on the way back up. The camp store was 3/4 a mile down the hill…OOPS. Time to climb again. We rode the big dummy down to the camp store and arrived at exactly 8:02. The camp store closed at 8pm. While we wallowed in irritation, we chatted with another camper. He had a dog with him and was waiting for his wife. As we talked, the camp store manager showed up and said he could give us a bundle of wood. But we needed cash. Of course we didn’t bring cash (another oops).

 

To our surprise the nice man we chatted with offered to buy the bundle of wood for us! We couldn’t allow him to do that of course, and the camp store manager said we could come back in the morning and pay for it. This encounter reminded us you should always be nice to people. You never know who you will run into!

 

We hauled the bundle of wood up the hill … slowly.

 

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Bundle of Wood in Big Dummy

 

We made some dinner and helped the little one catch “tinker bells” (fireflies). I then opened a few glow sticks for her and she LOVED IT! She ran around the camp circle until well past her bed time.

 

To our surprise we all slept until well past 8am! We never sleep that late in the Sprinter! We cleaned up and headed to the bottom of the hill to the camp store! A nice breakfast of eggs and toast with some BAD coffee. I love my coffee and this place had HORRIBLE coffee. Cream and sugar couldn’t even make it better.

 

We headed North on Skyline Drive to the next entrance/exit point at Swift Run Gap. We took the ‘back way’ home avoiding ALL 95 traffic. This is the way we normally go. Virginia is great except for the horrid humidity and the ridiculous traffic!

 

Do you want to spend some time on Skyline Drive? Just follow these few simple steps!

1. Download the map of Skyline Drive  HERE.

2. The camp ground will reserve a camp sites if you call ahead, but they leave a handful for walk-ins.

3. Make sure to bring some cold beer, smores and good camp stories!

And don’t forget to share your trip with us! We would love to hear all about it!

Then and Now: 5 Year Wedding Anniversary

Cabin, Front Royal, VA
You are my greatest adventure
You are my greatest adventure

On March 28th we celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary.

Anniversary March 28, 2014
Anniversary March 28, 2014

5 years ago we [sort-of] eloped. Our families were all aware we were getting married but instead of the craziness of the big day where it would be all about everyone else EXCEPT the two of us, we decided to do it OUR way!

WeddingMarch 28, 2009
WeddingMarch 28, 2009

We rented an awesome cabin in Front Royal, VA. Took our two large dogs. Brought some great food. Hired an officiant. And were married at 9:00am on a rainy, foggy morning in jeans and outer shells, with our two dogs as witnesses. One word: AMAZING!

Cabin in Front Royal, VA
Cabin in Front Royal, VA
Cabin in Front Royal, VA
Cabin in Front Royal, VA

It was absolutely perfect! After the 15 minute tiny ceremony we went wine tasting in the beautiful hills of Virginia.

Cabin in Front Royal, VA
Hills in Front Royal, VA
sunset - Cabin in Front Royal, VA
Sunset – Cabin in Front Royal, VA

Fast Forward 5 years. Both our big lovable dogs have passed away from Cancer, we have moved across the country and back and we have a beautiful little girl. Since we just happen to be in a close vicinity of the cabin for our 5 year anniversary we decided why not spend the evening!

Sprinter Van
Sprinter Van

A quick 2 hour drive landed us in the hills of Virginia. 15 minutes outside of Front Royal, still stands this beautiful cabin.

Cabin in Front Royal, VA
Cabin in Front Royal, VA

It was just like we remembered. Only this time instead of walking the dogs around the grounds, we chased a nearly 2 year old!

Cabin in Front Royal, VA
Cabin in Front Royal, VA
Our little lady!
Our little lady!

We are not apposed to wine tasting with our little one, but on a Thursday afternoon the local wineries were not open since its the off season. So we rented a few movies and sat by the fire playing paper dolls!

Watching movies!
Watching movies!
Dinner
Dinner
Lobster
Lobster
Wine and Beer
Wine and Beer

The next morning we took THE photo. Our “now” photo. What a change life has been. Its a pure blessing where we were, what we have done and where we are now. There are so many adventures in our future! We are happier now then we have ever been.

Then and Now
Then and Now

 

Wanna see some Historic DOORS ?!

Yesterday we spent a few hours walking Historic Downtown Fredericksburg, VA. We decided we needed a photo challenge to kick start some creative juices. I had seen a book a few years ago that featured photos of historic doors (not the rock band, actual doors on homes). So we decided to spend the few hours poking around the downtown area and taking photos of old doors, a bike without a seat and one old car.

 

One thing you will notice in these photos is that they are crooked. It is not the camera or the photographer; these doors are so old that they are crooked on the door frame. I even cropped [most of] them so the bottom of the door is level. Interesting that they are still crooked like that and how they were never fixed over the years.

 

Have you participated in a Photo Challenge before? If so, share the link with us! We would love to see your work!

 

 

Old Car - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Car – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Capital Ale House Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Capital Ale House Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA
Bike without a seat - Fredericksburg, VA
Bike without a seat – Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door - Fredericksburg, VA
Old Door – Fredericksburg, VA

Touring Saint Simons Island, GA

 

We spent the say touring St Simons Island, GA. It is a must stop if you are driving 95 through Georgia. It sits 30 miles north of the Florida boarder. Only about 5 miles off the freeway and down a 2-mile causeway, this slow paced historic island is a great stop!

Adventure Family In Motion

Adventure Family In Motion
Adventure Family In Motion

 

Adventure Family In Motion
Adventure Family In Motion

The Village is more of the historic downtown area with eclectic shops, great food and a beautiful pier. There are two great parks for the kids and to top it off the dolphins love to play near the pier! The island looks like ancient times with the Spanish moss. Take note, the moss is beautiful in the trees but once it falls on the ground, it becomes infested with chiggers, DO NOT WALK IN IT!

Adventure Family In Motion
Adventure Family In Motion

We spent a full Saturday riding our bikes around St Simmons Island and checking out all the sites. We parked the Adventure Van at the beginning of the causeway and road the bike path to the island. The fog was dense and visibility was only about a mile or less.

Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island
Biking to St Simons Island

Our first stop on the island was SSI SUPS. The owner has extensive knowledge of SUPs, the island and originally comes from California where SUPs are huge. The walls are full of beautiful photography and the counter was packed with local jewelry.

SSI SUP
SSI SUP

Stop number two was at the Monkeywrench Bike Shop. A great shop which mainly featured rental bikes and beach cruisers, but the mechanics were a wealth of knowledge.  This shop has grown extensively in the past few years.  They had a Surly Pugsley on the showroom floor just begging for someone to purchase it and start knocking out some serious miles on the beach.

Moneywrench Bicycles
Monkeywrench Bicycles
Moneywrench Bicycles
Monkeywrench Bicycles
Moneywrench Bicycles
Monkeywrench Bicycles

We took a right out of the parking lot and headed down the bike path alongside the road, passing the golf course, beautiful homes and small shopping centers.  We biked to Fort Frederica, which was 5 miles from SSI SUP. A nice ride although the path was pretty bumpy and at times only wide enough for one bike.

Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA
Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA
Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA
Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA

Fort Frederica, Saint Simons Island, GA

We turned around at Fort Frederica and took the paths back. We stopped at The Growler Factory, because who can pass up the opportunity to sample craft beers. For $5 you can buy a growler and for another $5 you have it filled (depending on size and style of beer). There are over 40 kinds of craft brews to choose from.

Growler Factory, St Simons Island, GA
Growler Factory, St Simons Island, GA

After The Growler Factory we had lunch at Southern Soul BBQ, which sits at the corner of a busy roundabout in an old gas station. Sounds eclectic right, because it is! There is very limited seating inside, but long picnic tables outside that you can share with 10 of your new BFFs. A huge smoker sits on the outskirts smoking the days BBQ.  The menu consists of a variety of options, along with many beers on tap.   There is a reason this place has been featured on the Food Network channel; it’s GOOD!

Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA
Southern Soul BBQ, St Simons Island, GA

 

St Simons Island is a great weekend get-away with lots of things for the family to do.  The views are great, plenty of places to bike.  Maybe rent a SUP from SSI SUPs and spend some time out in the water.  St Simons Island is an awesome place to relax via an active vacation.

 

Have you ever eaten at Southern Soul BBQ? When was your last stop at St. Simons Island?

Rehoboth Beach Delaware

Epic trip!

We spent the afternoon biking in 50 degree weather (that’s right 50 degrees in Dec). Rehoboth Beach area was pretty busy during the day because of the great temps, however the bike path was a ghost town. We biked on the Junction and Breakwater Rail Trail for a few miles (total trip was about 14 miles) and ended at the Lewes beach area.

 

Surly Crosscheck
Surly Crosscheck
Salsa Vaya
Salsa Vaya
Surly Crosscheck Salsa Vaya
Surly Crosscheck Salsa Vaya
Surly Crosscheck Salsa Vaya
Surly Crosscheck Salsa Vaya
Surly Crosscheck
Surly Crosscheck

Bike Shadows

Salsa Vaya
Salsa Vaya
Surly Crosscheck
Surly Crosscheck

During the evening we went and checked out the main attraction! Dogfish Head Brewpub in Rehoboth beach. This was where it all started for Dogfish Head. Sam Calagione started the brewery in 1995 and has since produced some incredible beers and supported the craft beer revolution. We had a great dinner and tried to many beers. Totally worth the trip!

Dogfish Head Brewpub
Dogfish Head Brewpub
Dogfish Head Tasters
Dogfish Head Tasters

In the morning, we woke to rain. It was good with us; made for a slow day at the beach and was a good opportunity to take some pictures and enjoy a nice cup of joe overlooking the ocean.

UAV
UAV
UAV
UAV
AFIM Coffee
AFIM Coffee
UAV
UAV

Absolute Bikes Salida CO

Surly
Surly
Salsa
Salsa

After a few pics, we rolled over to Cafe Azafran where we bumped into Sam (founder of Dogfish Head) and his father-in-law within 10 minutes of each other! It was like meeting Santa Claus for me. They were awesome guys and both wanted to checkout the Adventure Van. 

coffee
coffee

Awesome weekend trip, encompassing all the things I enjoy (family, bikes, photography, BEER and new locations)! Rehoboth/Lewes in the winter is a solid trip worth doing.