There are so many great hiking trails in the area so it is hard to choose which one to visit, but we decided to try the Fallingwater Cascades Loop off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Bedford County. It was one of those rare August mornings where the humidity was low and we had a couple days of unseasonably cool weather with lows in the upper 50’s at night and it was even more unusual that we didn’t have guests the night before so we could get up and hit the trails and take advantage of the weather. The hike is a short (about 1.5 miles) with an elevation change of about 1000 feet. It would take the typical person about 90 minutes to complete the loop, but it always takes me a lot longer because I stop to take lots of photos. Below are several photos I shoot, including a photo of a couple of nude sunbathers. The trail is well marked and it is classified as moderately difficult. The first half of the hike is all downhill and the second half is uphill. The grade is not steep but we recommend you wear the appropriate foot wear.
We started our hike by driving up to the Peaks of Otter to get onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Traveling north on the Parkway which winds along the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the left side (west) was foggy (really heavy fog up to the ridge tops of the mountain) while the other side was clear. Remember the song you heard as a child about the bear going to the other side of the mountain…Well, now you know why he went to the other side, probably because he couldn’t see anything on the western side. There was a dip on the ridge top where the fog was flowing from the western side of the mountain to the eastern side and I was able to capture the above shot.
The hike is mostly through the woods so if you burn easily you don’t need to worry about getting sunburn. This would be a spectacular hike in mid October when all the leaves are turning colors. After about 20-25 minutes you come to the stream/water falls. You will spend about 20 minutes walking along the stream and falls until you start heading back up the trail to the parking area. As we parked and started hiking down the western slope of the mountain the fog instantly disappeared. Below are several photos that I took that morning. I hope you enjoy them.
Directions from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast are below these photos:
Now, for the nudes sunbathing. As I mentioned above, it was a cool morning and this couple found a sunny spot on a fallen tree and decided to catch some sunshine….
What were you expecting? I guess you could call them nude!
Directions (provided by Mapquest and edited by Mike Bedsworth):
|1.||Start out going southeast on Cabell Sttoward D St.||0.01 mi|
|2.||Take the 1st right onto D St.
|3.||Turn left onto Rivermont Ave.||0.8 mi|
|4.||Rivermont Ave. becomes Church St. after you cross over 5th Street||0.2 mi|
|5.||Stay in the Right lane of Church Street and take the US-29 S ramp.||0.1 mi|
|6.||Merge onto US-29-BR S, also known as the Lynchburg Expressway||3.8 mi|
|7.||Exit via EXIT 8B towards US-460 onto Candlers Mountain Road.||0.9 mi|
|8.||Merge onto US-460 W towardRoanoke/Danville.||20.8 mi|
|9.||Take the US-221 N/VA-122 N exit towardBedford/VA-43 N.||0.2 mi|
|10.||Turn slight right onto US-221/US-460-BR/E Main St/VA-43/VA-122/N Bridge St.||1.3 mi|
|11.||Turn right onto US-221/N Bridge St/VA-43/VA-122.
|12.||Take the 3rd left onto VA-43/Peaks St. Continue to follow VA-43.
When you reach the “T” in the road turn Right onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and take the parkway heading north. Access to the trail head is near milepost 83. There will be a parking area on the left (Western Slope) and a sign on the Parkway will say Fallingwater Cascades Overlook.
Enjoy the hike!
We have been fortunate to have hosted guests from around the globe. Most of our international guests have been from Europe and include people from England, France, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain, but we have also had several from Australia. Some come to visit the wineries, others to explore the outdoors, but the vast majority come because this area is rich in history to include Appomattox Courthouse, the site where our Civil War ended almost 150 years ago.
It’s interesting to get a different perspective on life in the US from those who are visiting from different countries. Things that we seldom think about intrigue some of our guests, such as how inexpensive our gas is, how big our cars are, how wide our highways are or the interesting bugs and insects we have. Of course ever once in a while politics come up or other serious topics.
One thing we have started doing when we have guests from different countries is flying their flag. Everyone has loved pulling into our driveway and seeing their country’s flag. Recently the stays of a family from England and a couple from Italy overlapped and we had their two flags flying (above photo).
Typically we have two American Flags but if you drive by and you see one or more flags from different countries, you know we have international guests staying with us. When you do see our two American Flags, one is our current flag (it has 50 stars) and the other one is the flag that would have been flown when this home was completed in 1878 (it has 38 stars).
If you will be visiting this this country, or if you are already here, consider booking at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. The area is rich in history and there is so much to see and do. Don’t make the mistake many of our guests do and book a two or three night stay, we can keep you busy for at least a week. Give us a call at 434.846.1388 or book on line.
Zucchini Muffins make a wonderful breakfast treat but they can become a part of lunch, dinner or an afternoon snack. Yes, we planted one zucchini plant in the garden this year and with a bumper crop of zucchinis we decided that our August recipe needed to use this often overlooked vegetable. The nice thing about zucchini is it really doesn’t taste like anything so you can use it in a variety of dishes and by altering the spices you can dictate how it will taste.
The first step is to grate two cups of zucchini, place it in a colander and it drain for at least an hour. A zucchini is mostly water and you want to get rid of some of the water. Just put a bowl under the colander to collect the water. We put ours in the refrigerator overnight and let it drain before we made these muffins.
- 3 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 cups grated zucchini
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans.
Make sure you have let your grated zucchini drain. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt,nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar. In a separate bowl combine the oil, eggs, water, zucchini and lemon juice. Mix wet ingredients into dry, then add the nuts and fold in. Bake in two standard muffin pans that have been sprayed with a non-stick spray for about 45 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. This makes 24 muffins.
Of course if you don’t want to go the muffin route, you can always do the traditional zucchini bread. Following the same instructions above, this recipe will make 2 standard loafs but will need to cook for about an hour. Alternately, you can make 5 mini loaf pans in about 45 minutes.
Every month, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg Virginia posts a recipe on our blog. We try to use seasonal ingredients or tie the recipe into the time of year. Please feel free to use these recipes and call them your own. We enjoy creating new recipes or tweaking old ones. Most of our recipes are breakfast related, after all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Thanks for all the comments you have sent us the past couple of years,
Mike and Kathy
Wow! Our front porch was just featured in another blog post. Last week, BnBFinder’s blog post featured properties with rocking chairs and porches. There was the beach photo at Amelia Island, Florida, the mountains in Sautee Nacoochee, GA , The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast (that’s us!) in historic Lynchburg and the woods of Shepherdstown, WV, The theme of the blog post was enjoying summer in a rocking chair of a bed and breakfast. The blog post can be seen at: www.BnBFinder.com/RockInnPorch. All the photos were very inviting so if you are looking for a place to escape to this summer, why not try one of these properties!
It is an honor to be placed in the same category as these other great properties. If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by and enjoy our front porch!
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