Spy Rock, Massies Mill, VA 22976
Here’s one picture of Spy Rock for you to look at. I’ve been there once, completely forgot to take more pictures, and now you’ll just have to wonder about the view, the hike, and if it’s worthwhile or not. (Hint: it’s worth it. I remember loving this hike because the summit is so different. It wasn’t busy whatsoever when I went.)
Maybe I’ll go again, maybe I won’t. (Hint: I probably will.)
Where to begin?
Yes, it’s cold. Yes, there’s ice. Yes, they speak English (as well as Icelandic). Yes, some of the natives probably believe in trolls (I might, too, if I grew up there. You’ll have to go to understand why).
Iceland is a volcanic island rich with waterfalls, caves, sheep, and fish jerky. They drive on the right side of the road, don’t really care about customer service, and close the roads when it snows instead of wildly salting and plowing them.
Black sand beaches, reindeer sightings, hot dogs (or pizza, which is actually their current craze), craters, hot shower water, and breathtaking views. Iceland does not disappoint.
With a rising population at a modest 334,200, 66% live in Reykjavík, the country’s capital, leaving a scarce 100,000 to be speckled about in the tiny towns throughout the country–Vik, Höfn, Ísafjörður, Selfoss, and more even harder to pronounce.
Tourism is responsible for over 30% of the country’s income.
I’ll be writing many posts on Iceland in the near (or far–I haven’t really decided) future, posts ranging from a focus on transportation to food tips, different sights to hiking spots, hot springs to the native language, sheep crossings to cellphone service–and probably more.
Iceland is an amazing experience and I want to talk about it. So stay tuned?
Once, I said I’d write a follow up on Sharp Top Mountain featuring Buzzard’s Roost. I don’t really know why I didn’t just include Buzzard’s Roost into the Sharp Top Mountain post because it’s not like they’re two separate hikes. Or that Buzzards Roost is even a hike…
But this is me following up.
Instructions for Buzzard’s Roost is very simple.
- Begin hoking Sharp Top
- At the top of the mountain, turn right (towards Buzzard’s Roost instead of Sharp Top)
- Walk 600 feet
- Climb to the top of Buzzards Roost
That’s about it!
Sharp Top is incredibly impressive, so I suppose I understand why people would skip Buzzard’s Roost (they’re going to another cool place, duh), but I wouldn’t skip it. To me, it’s two really lovely views for the price of one upward climb. Why would you skip it?
Beware of the wind and don’t climb to the top if you don’t know how to climb rocks. But don’t skip it. Walking 600 feet really isn’t all that far.