Monday, October 20, 2014

This is the Day!

This past weekend could easily be described by the song "This is the Day (that the Lord hath made)". It really was glorious to be outside in the fresh air!

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Charlie could barely stand the wait from the time we mentioned the word, "park," at the house!

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There was no holding him back once we got there! First, we hiked the Beaver Lake Trail at Poco. This goes around the lake and is about the distance of a 5k.

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The trees were starting to lose their leaves and change color!

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And, Charlie wanted to just get going! No time to stop and take pictures, mom!

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There are quite a few pretty bridges/walkways around the lake! The sun just glistens on the leaves.

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And, there are always others walking with their fur-children!! This was Paxton!

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This is Charlie's favorite spot in the park because he can get wet! And, you know how much that little man loves water!

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We even let him off-leash here to fully enjoy the experience!

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There's so much splashing and running to do at this spot!

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It comes almost in the middle of the hike, so it's the perfect spot to cool down!

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He says to us, "Do we have to move on now?"

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It really was glorious at the Park. People were all around hiking, biking, and enjoying the VA Hops and Harvest Festival.

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We finished up the Beaver Lake Trail and Charlie still wanted to venture around some more!

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We looked for the snake family at the bridge by the dam!

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Then, we headed over to hike Forest Exploration Trail to see 'split rock.'

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There were kayakers enjoying the water!

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Then, we finally made it there!

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What a blessing to have our health to be able to enjoy these wonderful places on earth! We wrapped up with about 8 miles and Charlie was still ready to go more! Not me! Time for a break!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Celebrating Columbus Day with some off-roading!

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We were finally able to get the trio back together for a little off-road riding at Poco this past Monday, which was a holiday for some of us!

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The day was just right for riding! We headed over to the Forest Exploration/Fendley Station Loop in hopes of checking out the new trails they are putting in for the IMBA Richmond Regional Ride Center!

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There was actually a guy working and we chatted with him about the plans! They have made lots of progress on the trail building for the hand cycling/beginner trails!

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There are wide trails and berms along with that awesome "skinny" log so far!

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Poco will truly be a destination once all of these new trails are completed! We are so proud of this project and the progress being made!

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We encountered two turtles on the side of the fire road and I think we interrupted them. Never seen that before in person!

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We examined the many flags marking the new trails! So exciting!

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The leaves are beginning to fall, and that is one of the prettiest times of the year at the park!

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After our loop over on Forest Exploration we decided to try out the Blue trail before quitting!

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It felt so great to finally hit the single track again!

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And, even better to have our friend, Mountain Bike Mike (MBM), back too!

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We even rode in our usual order...me, MBM, and Dynamo!

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I'm the turtle of the group so they follow me!

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We finished up with around 14 miles! We really loved being back!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A walk in the park...

Sunday was a catch-up day for us after Saturday's busy day in Norfolk! So, we took the Little Man for a hike at the Battlefield!

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He loves the word "Park" and will only walk when it involves trails. Our 2 mile long dirt road just isn't interesting enough for him to want to walk on it! Go figure!

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You say "battlefield" and he's waiting at the car!

We stopped along the 4 mile hike to snap some pics at this old brick house-like structure!

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To get him to pose involved some treats!

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This is the "haven't you taken enough pictures yet?" look...

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In all the times we have ridden at the Petersburg Battlefield we've never stopped at this place...

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The spider felt interrupted I'm sure...

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I couldn't believe we lucked out and got this picture of us together all looking at the camera!!

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Even though it was a little drizzly early on, it turned out to be a nice evening for a hike!

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It's always so different hiking versus biking! You see things differently!

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It was a good time!!



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fun times at Crafted Indie Arts & Crafts Show

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We were so excited for our first show in Hampton Roads, VA! Last Saturday, we participated in the Crafted Indie Arts & Crafts Show held at O'Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk!

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It was a great day and the rain held off so that shoppers and beer tasters could enjoy a good time! Shoppers came and enjoyed a band and beer tastings at O'Connor Brewing Company!

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Shoppers even brought their fur-children to enjoy the music!

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It was a great venue for an event!

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It was so nice to see lots of new faces and some familiar! We thank you for your support! And, here are some pictures of other crafters...

Awl Snap

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Gymbohannah's awesome doggie bowties!

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and candles...

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Lifeware

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Maple & Belmont

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Vintage Type

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Our new vendor neighbor Heather Donis Designs...

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And, our dear friends from Anykind...

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And lots more...

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Crafted HR 2014

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Crafted Indie Arts and Crafts Show 10.11.14

We had a great time in Norfolk! Thanks for having us!!