Thursday, October 22, 2015
I thought the heavy rains might take it down over the last few weeks, but it survived. Dan told me there was a breach, and I could tell from the water levels that it is much lower than it has been for most of the year, although the foliage has kept it hidden until now.
They seem to have settled on having the dam height a little lower in the past, so it doesn't quite cover the whole lot over there.
Still, it's pleasant enough to look at - the water sparkles through the trees year round, and sometimes I can see the wake of one of the beavers swimming around on patrol.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
After the Page County Century ride wrapped up, I had agreed to get back over to Hawksbill Cabin to meet up with neighbors Sally and Dan, who had taken a ride over to check out the Woodstock Brew House over on the North Branch side of the Valley. They brought a nice growler of a session pale ale to share as we sat out on the brick terrace enjoying the great day and the start of fall colors.
We had a good time catching up, and later they invited me up for some ribs on Sunday. Dan has a vintage Weber kettle that he uses for grilling, and they have several hickory trees on the property, so it is a simple matter of gathering up a few downed branches to get an ample supply of smoke for the barbecue.
Those ribs were great. Since we'd already enjoyed the growler, he broke into his stash of Beaver Run Brewery offerings, including an IPA made with Hawksbill Hops! The nice evening outside was a reminder that fall has arrived and it won't belong before we're putting on sweaters and raking leaves.
Summer came and went too fast this year.
Monday, October 19, 2015
My job this time was to staff the lunch stop at Public House Produce. Of course, that meant we shared the promotion opportunity, since Hawksbill Hop Yards is co-located there, and is also a member of Page County Grown.
Quite a few of the riders came by for bagels, fruit, nutella and peanut butter, and various other offerings, taking a break from what turned out to be beautiful weather, with the fall colors just beginning in the Valley.
It was a great event, ending up with a great meal catered by the Mimslyn down at the VA. That's another point of interest - I'm eligible for membership, and have been meaning to check in on that. Maybe a goal for 2016.
Along with volunteering for more active tourism events, of course!
Thursday, October 1, 2015
To my surprise, there was a C-130 in an unusual paint scheme crossing the sky - flying quite low actually, since it was headed for the Blue Ridge in Shenandoah National Park. The mountains near us - including Stonyman, Hawksbill, and Big Meadow, stretch upwards to 4,000 feet, and I thought the C-130 might have to climb a bit to clear.
In the first photo, you can just see the aircraft. The line of trees below obscures the view of the park here, but that is on a line to Big Meadow, so that probably gave a thrill to some of the park visitors.