Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hike to the Old Lexington Reservoir

Two weeks ago, the hiking outing was to the Moore's Creek Reservoir.
Entering the clearing for the reservoir after 2.5 mile hike in.
It's also called the Old Lexington Reservoir,
not only because the digging and dam were begun 100 years ago in 1915,
but because it's no longer used to provide water to town.  
The reservoir only served those in the immediate town limits.  
County dwellers had to do dig wells 
or pipe water from creeks and springs to serve their homes 
and that's still the case today.

We were relieved when our well came in at 180 feet.....
the house was already pretty far along 
and in retrospect it was pretty dumb not to drill before we started construction!
Bridge below the dam
A treatment plant for Maury River water now provides Lexington's water
 so the reservoir sits untapped. 
The 22 acre lake and it's dam are still owned by the City of Lexington,  
but the surrounding watershed of 2,300+ acres 
is a gorgeous wooded tract 
now owned by the Virginia Dept of Forestry.
Peaceful and isolated, it sits 11 miles from town....
there must have been quite a system of pipes running from it once upon a time.   

The hike in is 2.5 miles from the end of a gravel Forest service road, 
totally wooded until reaching the reservoir clearing. 
The hiking gang on the dam
We'd had a month long "drought" so the water was low.
I can hear friends in CA laughing now at that description 
since their drought is epic and ours was only a temporary blip.  

My original plans for the day were to return home from the hike;
go up to the barn to ride; 
and then rush home to attend a concert that evening.
The beginning of some fall color along the trail
Time management isn't my forte:  
no matter what, I think that I can fit everything I want to do into a day. 
But after getting home, taking off my boots 
and having a cup of mid afternoon cup of coffee on the porch,
commonsense took over and my plans to ride were jettisoned.

We were hosting the two artists for the Krantz' evening House Concert,
so being late to the performance wasn't an option!

Sally Barris from Nashville and Rebecca Folsom from Colorado
were superb even though the crowd was slim.
It's always a pleasure to talk to the musicians 
and hopefully help a bit by giving them a "free" convenient place to stay....
My "fee" for hosting is a CD, and I scored three of them!

I missed the next week's hike and rain cancelled the one a few days ago....
Why wasn't I hiking a week ago???
That's the next post!


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