Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tueday's Topic: Virginia Creeper

Neither Mr. Sister nor I had to work yesterday so we decided it would be a perfect day to take the kids on a  mountain bike adventure down the Virginia Creeper Trail. This is a trail through the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, near the Tennessee and NC borders. It criss crosses with the Appalachian trail as well. The wonderful thing about this adventure is that you begin from a high elevation and gravity assists your descent along the trail. Despite this, it is still a pretty rigorous work out avoiding hazards, other cyclists, hikers and horses.

The following are a few photos I'd like to share from our excursion. I must apologize in advance for the "blurry" nature as, unbeknown to me, there was a fingerprint on the lens.


Bethany and Munch...Are you ready?

How about you, Mr. Sister?

The 5th is definitely ready to roll.

Wait a sec...where, exactly, are we?

It appears we are here.

One of the many stops along the trout stream
meandering beside the trail.

Enjoying the beauty of what surrounds me, 
while resting up for the next leg of our journey.

A view of the trail.

Here is the Appalachian Trail crossing our path.

Unfortunately, Bethany's bike malfunctioned 
causing minor abrasions and a strained/sprained ankle
(the brakes got caught in her spokes causing her to flip).

Munchie Boy took a much harder fall when 
his wheel hit an obstruction along his path.

We stopped to cleanse his wounds in the clear mountain stream.

Thanks to the kindness of strangers with band-aids
his spirits were lifted. 

At the end of the adventure, despite our bumps and bruises,
we are all pretty excited. Why?

Ice cream, that's why!

And here is the wonderful thing about this trip...despite the mishaps along the way, Munch and Bethany remained positive and gave this adventure a resounding thumbs up! 

16 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice glad you had fun...that is quite the trip but for ice cream....oh yeah...

the domestic mama said...

Aw, I loved that. OUCH, though. But you are right... Ice cream does fix a lot!

Pelican Joe said...

The kids were amazing. Even though both wiped out with an over-the-handlebar flip, they both dusted themselves off and continued the ride!

Ms. Diva said...

Ice cream makes everything better!

Steven Anthony said...

what an amazing trip....looks like such fun.

Tina said...

Looks like a great adventure. Yowsa on those scrapes though...but ice cream does heal a lot of wounds. You've inspired me to get back on my bike. Can't do much walking with these stupid lungs, but maybe I can bike. It's worth a try. I'm tired of playing the role of couch potato.

Jingle said...

fun trip there.

L.B. said...

Yikes! They both took a tumble, but it'll take a bit more than some scrapes and falls to keep your kids down!

Julie Schuler said...

That looks so fun! Even with the minor contusions. I hope I can get a bike this year. What a beautiful trail!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Whoa! Those are a couple of scary looking injuries. Glad everyone is okay.

It looks like a great place to ride-- so lush and green-- And close to an ice cream store :-)

jj

blueviolet said...

Wow, those were some pretty rough scrapes! Poor things!

otin said...

I love the mountains, but hate the cuts and bruises!!

Tracie said...

Ouch! You've got a couple of great kids there to keep on going. Looks like a beautiful trail.

Weezer said...

What a wonderful family outing! And you should be proud that your children were such good sports. Have you ever seen those families out and the children look like dead bodies being drug around!? Congratulations on such a great adventure and such high-spirited kids.
Love, love the photos.

Mumsy said...

Ice cream at the end of the trip is always a greatest reward!

Hope your children bruises and cuts heal fast for them..

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