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When Noah and I visited Cole (Cold) Mountain, we stumbled (physically) upon this phenomenon all along our walk home. Since discovering it, we’ve since noticed it along many paths across our Virginia winter trips (McAfee’s Knob, Sharp Top, and Sulpher Spring Trail). Upon further research, I now understand it. It’s Needle Ice. This interesting occurrence forms when the temperature of the soil is above zero degrees Celsius (0 °C, 32 °F) and the temperature… Read More

18393 Blue Ridge Mountain Road, Bluemont, VA 20135 Distance:                                                                                             0.5 miles (1 mile round trip)* Elevation:                       … Read More

583 Atlantic Ave, Fort Story, VA 23459 Cape Henry Lighthouse (not the black and white one pictured, but rather the old relic from which the b/w lighthouse is viewed) is the first lighthouse that the United States of America made as a new country. This sentinel, completed in 1792, was built right next to the “First Landing” site where English settlers arrived in 1607. George Washington himself authorized the lighthouse construction and… Read More

“Happiness is a choice, not an achievement.”  Ralph Marston Noah and I set off for a sunset hike to Humpback Rocks the other day. It’s supposedly not that long of a hike (only 2 miles round trip), and since we tend to have poor luck with sunrise hikes, a sunset one seemed reasonable enough to attempt. We were looking forward to nice weather, smooth hiking, an incredible view, and some enoing up… Read More

It’s Abbey again, and I had a friend recently tell me that they had never watched the sun set. It was on their to-do list, obviously, they’d just never gotten around to it. It was like I plan to visit all of the 50 States. Well, they plan to see the sunset. Comparable lists, right? Hardly. I grew up in a household where my dad would yell, “Sunset alert!” every night when the… Read More