First came the snow, then the rain, then the wind. Even though that is just typical winter weather, it also brought the winter blues. It’s not that I don’t like snow and it’s not like I don’t appreciate the rain (the wind I could do without), it’s just that winter weather keeps me from hiking.
Last Tuesday I invited my newly formed hiking club to join me at a local pizza place so we could get acquainted (not everyone had met) and enjoy some live music. It was fun getting together and dreaming about warmer days.
Don’t they look like a fun group!
We knew it was too wet to hike in the woods, but we made tentative plans to walk a local paved trail, just to keep in shape. Unfortunately, the wind and the low temps made us cancel even that outing. That was Friday.
What a pleasant surprise to wake up Sunday morning not only to sunshine and warmer temps, but a fairly dry day which allowed for a wonderful hike with hubby.
It started with a delightful Sunday brunch with some of my favorite women. The conversation turned to hiking and one person mentioned she had been to Reed Mountain in Roanoke last weekend and had a lovely hike that offered a pretty good view of the city. As soon as I got home, I googled the area and showed my husband. He looked it over, figured out how to get there, and said “let’s go!” And we did.
It was about 4 miles round trip – a little steep at times and quite a few steps that made my knees scream a little. But definitely worth the effort and what a great way to start the week. Since it was one of the first good hiking days, the trails were filled with families and their dogs. How fun to see everyone out enjoying the fabulous weather!