I am so glad I spent lots of time outside yesterday soaking up the sun and yummy vitamin D because today is GRAY!
Around noon yesterday Tate and I went out for a little exploring. Even though we grew up just across the border in West Virginia, neither of us have spent much time in Virginia. It is gorgeous here! And there is tons to do!
We started out by driving west to the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway for a little hike.
It was an absolutely beautiful fall day but very crisp! I don’t think it broke 40 degrees up on the Parkway.
Luckily, these stairs warmed us up 😉
We hiked up to Humpback Rocks. It was a really short hike (2.3 miles from the Visitor Center) but really nice and the view from the top was spectacular. Hiking is one of my absolutely favorite forms of exercise and it had been way to long since I did it.
Just as I was thinking what an amazing spot this would be for a proposal, two folks showed up with a camera and a backpack-full of flowers. They were setting the scene for a friend of theirs who was on his way up with his girlfriend…to propose! We were tempted to stick around and rubberneck but they said it would be about a half an hour before they made it up. We passed them on the way down and I had to bite my tongue to keep from spilling the beans!
Next time I would like to do the longer loop, I think it’s just over 4 miles. We had an agenda to keep though. Shopping! This wasn’t actually in the plans but we were so close to Waynesboro that we decided to duck into Target and Ross. Even though I desperately need some new clothes I am much more interested in shopping for household items instead. Or beauty products. I am slightly obsessed with lotions right now and have about 6 different ones opened!
By the time we left the shopping center we were both feeling the late afternoon sleepies but decided we still had it in us for one wine tasting.
King Family Vineyards is located just outside of Crozet and has a lovely tasting room, a nice patio, and a polo field! From summer-early fall they have polo matches every week. Attendance is free and you can bring a picnic but you have to buy your booze from them (naturally). Tate and I are definitely on for this next season!
We tasted 7 or 8 delicious wines. Everything was good but the only one that really stood out to us was the Port called 7 (Tate’s holding the bottle).
I think their wines are a bit high priced, everything on the tasting menu was $22 a bottle and up. My wine splurges these days are more in the $12-16 range with an “every night” bottle going for $6-10. There are a lot of very decent wines in this range, especially if you shop the sales at World Market or Market Street Wineshop (a C’ville local).
In case you need yet another reason to make yoga a regular fixture in you life, here you go. This Runner’s World article explains the correlation between lasting weight loss and yoga. It’s all about the mindfulness people! 🙂
Are you a regular yogi? If so, have you noticed if your yoga practice has an impact on your approach to eating?