Since I am snowed in today, I figure its time to update this space a little bit. I’m sorry I’ve been too busy to blog; I realize I haven’t posted anything here since March. However, just for fun, and given our upcoming trip to Florida for Christmas, here’s some of the things we’ve been up to since then (that I have pictures for).
It snowed over 7 inches here last night (Friday the 18th). Again, we almost never get snow here, so any at all is a big deal. Seven inches shuts everything down. Yesterday evening, the grocery stores were packed with people buying milk, bread, and eggs. Kevin and I like to joke about how everyone panics that the snow will keep them from making french toast. I did not go the store, but we did spend over two hours this morning playing in the snow. We took a walk in the woods, went sledding with our neighbors, and decided that our road was not likely to get plowed any time soon:
Earlier in December, we went for one of our fairly frequent hikes at Hanging Rock State Park. Even though it was cold, we were surprised to find a dusting of snow at the higher elevations:
I basically worked all of October and November of this year, and put in some very long hours, frequently six days a week. We’re through the new product launch now though, so I think those days are behind me for the moment. However, I did manage to find time in September to take advantage of the perfect hiking weather:
One of my goals for this year was to check out Stone Mountain State Park. It was definitely worth the three hour drive:
September also included a visit from my brother and his girlfriend. We had a great time, and of course took them to see hanging rock:
We went to VIR this august to watch the AMA superbike race (professional motorcycle racing):
That’s me sitting in a demo Arial Atom in the above left pic.
In August we also decided to take a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, simply because we’d never been. We didn’t have a lot of extra time to explore everything we wanted to see, so we chose a weekend camping trip to Ocracoke Island. We loaded up the car with the dog and our camping gear, and took the Ferry to the Island on Saturday morning, and had a great time:
Note for future trips; going to the beach in August isn’t exactly the best idea ever. It was fun, but choose a slightly cooler month next time.
Over the July 4th Holiday, Kevin and I took a 5 day 4 night motorcycle camping trip down the blue ridge into southwest NC, north Georgia and Tennessee. Along the way we managed to hit some of our favorite roads, including those I’ve blogged about before, Deal’s Gap and the Cherohala Skyway:
Back in May, we visited a small hydropower site owned by a BBQ company in VA. In addition to eating some delicious pulled pork sandwiches, the owner invited us to tour the facility to discuss the possibility of making electricity to run the restauraunt.