When your good friends come for a planned visit, and love to hike, we had to make it work this weekend, and today was a glorious day on the White Oaks Canyon Trail near Syria, Virginia.
The brilliant sunshine, cool temperatures for climbing about 2500 ft. in elevation was the perfect backdrop to march through the 9.5 mile hike. The best features of this particular hike were the thunderous and fast moving waterfalls throughout the canyon and beyond. Most of the hike included these unforgettable sounds of rushing water (and crossing over on a few occasions) which never got old; rather, quite soothing to be honest.
A picnic stop near a halfway point was also a highlight (we all sat on a large fallen tree and ate our packed lunches). We thought the "hard part" of the hike was over and it would be all downhill from there, but as things go, that was not the case (there was still some climbing before the "real" descent).
So a big shout of thanks to Linda and Mark Misencik (and Gunner their German Shorthair Pointer) in making the trek to the East Coast and creating memories to last a lifetime.
BSoleille! The bright side of nature and beauty in abundance!