Friday, August 8, 2014

A Week in the Mountains

Well, considering we live in them, further up into the mountains. We spent the last week at Snowshoe resort in West Virginia, where our friends Ann and Hans have a condo.

I generally think of it as a winter, skiing destination and wasn't sure what to expect in the summer. But we knew no matter where we were, our two families could have fun!

It was much cooler than Roanoke, generally mid to high 60's, perfect weather in Tim's opinion. The first day we were there, the resort had a Brew, Blues and BBQ festival which was great fun for the adults.

There was a little rain, but not much. Their place was walking and biking distance from the little downtown so the kids were free to roam, which was great fun for the younger set.

We spent the balance of the week enjoying the beautiful outdoors. We went on a hike one day through woods quite different from those at home. The forest was much more lush, with lots of moss and tons of Red Spruce.

Part way through, we were at the area fire tower, where there you had a gorgeous view of the surrounding area. All hikers, including the afraid of heights Maggie, went to the top for a look.

From there, we hiked down and emerged at a mountain top lake.

At the lake, there was a playground, canoeing, paddle boarding, a small beach, and plenty of places to relax. It was a popular place with our family.

When you were done, you could take the chair lift back or, as Ann and I did foolishly one day, hike up the ski slopes.

A smart decision day.

We also rode the Cass Scenic Railroad, where we took an old fashioned coal fired steam engine train up the mountain and learned about the history of the area along the way. The engines and routes were used for logging though it is strictly a tourist area now.

Can't say for sure, but I think the kids' favorite part might have been the ice cream we bought at the end!

We also relaxed in the hot tub, swam in the pool, and roasted marshmallows. One day, we even had a black bear sighting!

This picture was taken from our deck. Close encounters!

Maggie spent the week loving their dogs. She was a fixture on walks!

It was a low key, perfect way to close out the summer.

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