Last October, Ashley and I planned out today’s event for the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had to apply for official status as a Blue Ridge Parkway Turns 75 event. I’m so glad we took the time to set this up. We had no idea it would turn out to be such a wonderful day!
The Roanoke Mountain Loop atop Roanoke Mountain is a hush-hush, don’t tell - it’s that good- kinda secret. Only those in the know can find this amazing place. Take the time to look at our gallery from today and you will see what we are talking about. The big news is that the spot is less than ten minutes from Downtown Roanoke.
Today seven families ventured out to enjoy the sunshine and the lovely cool breeze that one can only find in special places in the hot of the summer. We took a lovely hike, talked about a few LNT (Leave No Trace) principles and then headed back for a lovely picnic. Thanks so much to my lovely wife Ashley for the amazing potato salad and other yummies. I don’t remember who brought the deviled eggs, but wow! Can you come to all of our picnics?
After lunch, the kids wanted to get back on the trail to sample some of the lovely wild blueberries. We talked about always asking parents before you sample what you find in the woods and we showed the kids how to spot trail dangers like poison ivy. When they were tired out, we returned to the picnic site and Ashley treated the kids to a reading of Peggy Rathman’s The Day the Babies Crawled Away. It was a perfect book for a perfect picnic day!
To cap off the day, the kids took over the road for an amazing game of Monkey in the Middle. For most of the game, yours truly was the monkey. I am wiped out. More exercise is definitely in the forecast for Old Man Donahue.
Thanks so much to the families who came out today and a special thank you to the families who tried to make it out and could not find it. Sorry.
Check out yesterday’s blog for directions and try picking this lovely spot for your next picnic.