We had grand plans for our long weekend, which included a variety of outdoor activities and garnering an appreciation for the history of the region. We began well, embarking Saturday morning on a splendid mountain biking adventure directly from our campsite.
The highlight of the trail, though, was unquestionably the suspension bridge we encountered about halfway through. It was so narrow we had to walk the bikes across.
The rain finally began to fade and we emerged to find a rather swampy campsite. Logical people would probably have gone home or at least modified their plans since the sky threatened to reopen the floodgates at any moment. But we decided to have faith that the rain was finished and attempt an excursion to a nearby lake. With a name like "Lake Moomaw" how could we resist?
The rain held off and we were able to enjoy a lovely picnic alongside the lake after availing ourselves of the surprisingly nice bathroom facilities (the toilets even flushed, unlike the ones at our campsite!).
It started raining once again Sunday night, but we were able to make it into the tent before it got too heavy and it stopped during the night, making the next morning a good deal easier than Sunday had been. After packing up camp we decided that we needed to make a stop at the Jefferson Pools in Warm Springs, VA.
The original pool first opened to the public on June 1, 1761, meaning that the pools predate the nation (which I found pretty exciting). That pool was only for men, and it took nearly 75 years for a second, women's only, pool to open in 1836.
The pools did have a highly rejuvenating affect and we both felt like we had a new lease on life when we departed.
After our visit to the pools we headed toward home, but still had one last stop to make. Last summer we discovered a charming family owned creamery where they make their own ice cream. It was so good that we decided it was well worth the 15 mile diversion from our route home to pay another visit.
It was a fitting end to a fun weekend filled with both expected and unexpected opportunities for adventure.