One of the great things about having the college kids around is that one of them likes to hike. And to kick off 2019, we did a great hike at the Peaks of Otter.

We got an early-ish start, because with temperatures forecast for the mid-50s, it was going to be too nice of a day to not anticipate a bunch people joining us in our climb. So we knew it would be worth it to get on the road early.

Sharp Top, yesterday’s adventure, is one of three mountains included in the Peaks of Otter — the other two are Flat Top and Harkening Hill. The Peaks are about an hour drive from our house, through beautiful rolling fields and the town of Bedford, Virginia.

The trail head is right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was an easy matter to find a parking spot, have a snack, and head off on our journey.

The hike is a little over a mile and a half each way, but the elevation gain (over 1200 feet) is what makes it a challenge. It was rocky and steep and a little scary at times. But the views, even on a cloudy day, were unbelievable!

That’s me on top of the world.

There is even a little shelter at the summit!

We met a few other hikers on the way up, and many more as we worked our way back down. Everyone was in great spirits, wishing a happy new year to all (one older gentleman stopped and asked us, “Have you ladies been hiking every day of the year?” LOL). I have to admit that my legs are pretty sore today but can’t think of a better way to start off 2019. And to make things even better, the other college kid made cookies after dinner last night.

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