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No Creeping on the VA Creeper Trail!!!

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Another week on the job took me to Damascus, VA. We were originally supposed to go bike part of the New River Trail but because of some mix ups with camping reservations, we ended up at Damascus. I am perfectly happy in Damascus. It’s one of my favorite little adventure towns. They are obviously big on the biking with the Creeper Trail rolling right through town, but they also have climbing, hiking, camping, and fishing. The Appalachian Trail also crosses through Damascus at a couple different spots and it’s home of the Trail Days festival.

I love Mt. Rogers Outfitters – I bought a great AT shirt there this time. I also love Sundog Outfitters, which is where we rent our bikes and use their shuttle service. There’s MoJoe’s coffee shop right next door to that. They have delicious coffee, frappes, and smoothies, as well as homemade baked goods. I had a blueberry muffin and an iced mocha latte this time. YUM. Right down from Sundog is a place called Cowboys. It’s a gas station, I think, plus restaurant. They have delicious tater wedges if you’re in the market for that kind of thing.

One of the best cheeseburgers and/or milkshakes I’ve ever had also came from Damascus. It was after our AT trip last year when we did the Grayson Highlands section and finished in Damascus. I think it’s called Off the Beaten Path and the ice cream shop is separate from the cheeseburger place but the buildings are super close. I was so hungry, I honestly wasn’t paying much attention to anything beyond the food going into my pie hole. I had a black cherry milkshake and a cheeseburger all the way. I can taste it now. Hmmm… Totally worth the 4 hour drive to town. 🙂

So anyway, something new I got to see this time was Backbone Rock. How cool is that?! And people were climbing and rappelling on it! I hope we can make a longer trip of it next time and do the climbing as well as the biking. This was my fifth time biking the White Top to Dam. section. I love it! I love to go fast. I love it when I take my time. I love when it’s hot or cool, Fall or Summer. It’s always beautiful and well-kept and I would love for it to be in my own backyard. Check it out.

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Biking and Rafting!

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Am I the only one that is more exhausted in the summer than I am during the school year?!
It has been a busy two weeks and this coming week will be my first one “off” of the summer.
Last week was another week of Challenge. This one was for girls only and it was a small group this year. They rappelled, hiked, canoed, and then we took them to bike the Virginia Creeper Trail from Whitetop to Damascus on our overnight camping trip. They were all so quiet and well-behaved that we had to turn around a couple of times in the van just to make sure they were still in there! If you’ve never biked the Creeper Trail, I highly recommend it. It’s easy enough for families to enjoy but someone looking for a real workout could ride all the way from Whitetop to Abbingdon. There are lots of bike outfitters that you can rent from or bring your own and they will still give you a shuttle to the top of the mountain. It’s one of my favorite trips that we do and I’ve gone with my own family twice!

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This past week was the boy’s Challenge and we took them White water rafting on the Nantahala. We had 23 boys but they were surprisingly well-behaved. Rafting was fun and camping was rainy but we all survived. 🙂

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