Lately, I've just been posting links, talks, concerts, and quotes, and animals to my blog. This is an attempt to get back to sharing a little bit about what's going on. I don't know how in depth this post will be, but I am hoping to share a little bit about life. The last couple weekends have brought some great weather our way. Peyton and I have done our best to get in the mountains and have been hiking 3 out of the last 5 weekends. This past weekend we hiked Hobie Mountain. The trailhead is located at the base of Humpback rocks, just outside of Afton Virginia, on the Blue Ridge Parkway. When we arrived, we were met by gusts of over 50 mph. It was windy to say the least! Once we hiked down the ridge into the hollow, the wind was blocked by the mountain. The hike was about 6.5 miles, mostly on the AT. We hiked down to the Paul C. Wolfe shelter where we stopped for lunch. This was probably one of the nicer AT shelters I have seen. I always love reading the trail journals at each shelter. It was cool to see how many people braved the winter weather to backpack to the shelter in December, January, and February.
After completing the hike, we made our way to Charlottesville where we got some warm coffee and browsed some used book stores before going to the UVA lacrosse game. The game started at 5, and was much colder than we expected. We only lasted through a little past half time when over half of the crowd decided the same thing. the rest of the evening was spent by the fire reading Life is So Good by George Dawson.
Sunday brought a good church service followed by an afternoon of biostats as I worked through my third test. We caught up with Peyton's folks and brother, Addison, on Sunday evening at Can Can for dinner.
We had the day off on Monday and enjoyed making some granola in the morning along with doing some needed house chores. I also got the chance to get out to Pipeline for some fun squirting around on some sweet eddy lines. Can't wait for the sun to warm the water here in the next couple months. I was joined by several Blue Heron on flying around from rock to rock looking for fish.
Excited for tonight- going to hear De Klerk at UR speak on Leading Change and Diverse Societies. De Klerk was President of South Africa before Nelson Mandella and was instrumental in freeing Mandella from prison. Together they share the Nobel Peace Prize for bringing an end to apartheid in S. Africa. Hopefully will be able to give an update on this tomorrow.