Thursday, July 14, 2011

158: Narrows and Wind Rock

This is the sight that greets you as you drive north into Pearisburg on Route 100. "Small Town, Good People" Everything about this town is so quaint. 

We traveled past Pearisburg this morning on our way to Narrows, Virginia to check out a cool park on Wolf Creek. I noticed this colorful laundry glowing in the morning sun while we were fumbling around town, trying to find the park.

In the afternoon, we headed up to Mountain Lake Conservancy, where the resort scenes of Dirty Dancing were filmed. We followed this old hot rod and a beer truck up the final leg of a long, narrow, twisty mountain road.

The hiking at Mountain Lake proved a bust, so we continued on the gravel road that led into the wilderness region in search of the trailhead to Wind Rock on the Appalachain Trail. The trail is described as "moderately easy" for adults, but it was a fairly tough climb for my preschooler. We took our time, with frequent stops to rest and look around and give some encouragement. The view at the end of the trail was well worth the effort, and the return hike down the mountain was much quicker.

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