Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hiking and Working!

Friday's Newcomers hike was a long drive away but short in length.  
We caravanned to Wintergreen Ski resort and hiked a rocky trail 
for a little over 3 miles to Shamokin Falls.
I was wearing new hiking boots so was grateful for the short hike
in case they fit poorly.
Hoorah! No blisters or rubs and they gripped terrifically on the rocks.  

The hike was followed by our second favorite activity.... eating.... 
at nearby Devil's Backbone Brewery/Restaurant in Nellysford.  

I took no "keeper" photos this week,
but here's one from an earlier hike in mid June 
where we went on a short section of the AT
starting at Long Mountain wayside. 
After the hike we set up a "Trail Magic" station at the wayside 
and had an array of homemade food, fresh fruit and vegetables,  
and ice chests of cold drinks (even beer) for thru-hikers.  
We were probably about a week too late to hit the peak of through hikers on their way up to Maine, 
but those who came by were grateful!
Photo by Deb Maurer

It's a cloudy and gray day out today with some rain forecast for the afternoon.  
I worked at the shop yesterday and am headed in again today.  
These are my first days to work this month; 
although I remembered how to operate the register, open and close etc, 
the muscle memory of my feet on the brick floor all day was a little lacking!

By the end of 9 hours, 
I was thankful to sit on the porch with a cocktail
while Joe won the Good Husband of the Year award 
by cooking local filets from Donalds on the grill 
with sides of local veggies from the Farmers Market trip earlier in the week.  

My biggest decision for today may be whether to go to the barn this afternoon 
or to attend the meditative Taize church service 
after closing the shop.  
Definitely a lazy morning but I'm now on my way out the door.... off to work!

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