TBT: Sherando Lake

Amid the Blue Ridge Mountains in the George Washington National Forest, Sherando Lake is the lower and larger of two lakes in a 24-acre recreational area built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s (history buffs can learn more about that here).

Sherando Lake from Torry Ridge
Sherando Lake from Torry Ridge

It is home to a popular campground with all the amenities for family fun, as well as any number of hiking trails nearby, including Torry Ridge. Today’s Throwback Thursday post remembers a fun, relaxed week of car-camping and hiking we did at Sherando Lake in summer 2014. Click on any of the images below to embiggen it or switch to slideshow mode. (For more fun, refresh your browser tab & the photos will rearrange).

TBT: Old Rag Mountain

Anyone who hikes in Virginia has likely hiked Old Rag Mountain. It is one of the most popular hikes (if not the most popular) in the Commonwealth. For many Virginians — ourselves included — Old Rag is the “gateway hike,” an accessible but moderately challenging 9 mile trail with a fun rock/boulder scramble and a cool stream on the way back down. It’s no wonder Old Rag gets folks interested in doing more hikes in the Shenandoah area and beyond.

Starting in 2010, Old Rag was our annual go-to Easter morning hike. We liked getting up there in the morning when it wasn’t as crowded and went each year, faithfully, for a few years. We also took friends and the kids a couple of times in between. We’ve since branched out in search of more varied and less crowded hikes, but there’s a soft spot in our hearts for Old Rag still, even if we don’t head that way much anymore. For this TBT post, we offer a montage of photos from various trips over the last few years.

TBT: Miami 2013

What do you do when you have a few days off work and a lot of travel points built up? You go to Miami, that’s what. The perfect spot for some great food, mojitos, Café Cubano, beach time, and interesting street photography.

Some highlights of our 4-day trip in 2013 included fantastic meals and drinks at both Yardbird Southern Table & Bar and Front Porch Cafe. Henri was training for a marathon at the time, and she loved the beach running in the early morning hours. Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention spending an afternoon checking out the shockingly extensive & carefully curated collection at the World Erotic Art Museum. We skipped the nightclubs because….meh. Not really our thing. Relaxing, people-watching, and sipping beach-y drinks poolside were the main goals of this trip.

Here are some of Fergus’ photos from Miami. Click on any of them to see a larger version or to switch to slideshow mode (or, for more photo-viewing fun, refresh your browser and the mosaic tiles below will rearrange):

TBT: “Smiling Lisa”

Today’s TBT post remembers that one time several years ago when Fergus actually caught Henri on film SMILING during a 10-mile run (a rare event, trust us)…and then her friend Slam Duncan got ahold of the photo and generated more than 120 “Smiling Lisa Memes” over the next couple of years. Here’s the original photo…and 40 of Henri’s favorite Smiling Lisas.

The original photo (Hartwood 10 Miler).
The original photo.

You can click on any image below to see a bigger version of it or to switch to slideshow/gallery mode:

[Henri would like everyone to know that she didn’t bandit the race. Her bib is in her hand; she had not yet finished moving it from rain jacket to shirt when Fergus took the photo.]