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Season Compare: Mountain Lake by Richard Cobb (Spring 2009)

Last October, I posted a link to some dramatic Before and After shots of Mountain Lake by Richard Cobb.  They depicted the extent of the lake’s water loss.  Cobb has a new Mountain Lake Before and After combo on his website now.  This one compares a shot from May 21, 2009 with one from September 21, 2008.  It’s a more uplifting comparison– a spring is raising the lake level!

(Hat Tip, Tony Airaghi)

June 8, 2009 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

Bear Cliffs via Spring Trail

In December I was in Blacksburg, Virginia so I took the opportunity to explore a new overlook.  I went to Bear Cliffs on Salt Pond Mountain which features a view of the Virginia Tech campus.  

There are a couple of routes you can take to Bear Cliffs.  You can go up the Bald Knob Road (which Tony and I took up to Bald Knob in November) about 0.5 miles and turn left on Bear Cliffs Trail and take a 1.9 rocky miles to the overlook.  Alternatively, you can do what Jimmie and I did– we hiked from the Biological Station off of VA-613 up the Spring Trail about 1 mile to the overlook.

Getting There

It took some research to find the Spring Trail.  From Blacksburg, Virginia, you head west of 460 and turn right on VA-700 to head up to Mountain Lake.  Once at the lake, you bear left on VA-613.  When you get to the fork in VA-613, instead of heading left like you would if you were going to War Spur or Wind Rocks, head right to the Biological Station.

 Bear Cliffs - Sign on 612
Turn right at this fork

As soon as you reach the Biological Station, a burgundy sign is on the left side of the road and a gated fire road is on the right. You can walk up that gated road.

 Bear Cliffs - Parking
This fireroad leads to Bear Cliffs

Trail Markings

Shortly after the fireroad, you’ll start to see small posts on the side of the trail.  If you look closely, you’ll see evidence that you are on the right track.

 Bear Cliffs - Spring Station Sign
A small sign points the way to the spring

Before long, you reach the namesake of the trail, a spring.

Bear Cliffs - Rhodos and Equipment Near Spring
Part of the spring

After the spring, a yellow blazed trail takes you the rest of the way to Bear Cliffs.  it is a heavily blazed trail.  No worries about getting lost here!

Bear Cliffs - Lots of Blazes
At least six blazes in one shot.  The entire trail is as heavily blazed.

Views

At an elevation of 4000 feet, Bear Cliffs has extensive views southeast, including Blacksburg, Virginia.  The rocks at the cliffs are filled with caves and crevices.

Bear Cliffs - Summit Sign
Top of Bear Cliffs

Bear Cliffs - View (Portrait)
View from Top

Bear Cliffs - Lane Stadium (Cropped)
Lane Stadium from Bear Cliffs

Bear Cliffs - Crevice
Crevice in Rocks

Little Things

The views were grand, but it was the little things that really made this hike– the ferns and the lichen, leaves in the ice, the contrast of snow and rocks.  There was plenty to see.

Bear Cliffs - Lichen and Fern Frond
Ferns and Lichen on Rocks at Top

Bear Cliffs - Leaf Imprint in Ice
Leafs and imprints in ice

Bear Cliffs - Jimmie on Snowy Trail
Jimmie on Snowy Trail

Bear Cliffs - Four Seasons, One Log
Four seasons– one shot.  Dried Leaves for Autum, Snow for Winter, Green Moss for Spring and Charred Wood for Summer Forest Fires.

All in all, it was a great outing.  As usual, more pictures of Bear Cliffs are available on my Flickr site.

Bear Cliffs Via Spring Trail 

Trail Map 

Length: 2 miles roundtrip

Elevation Gain: ~160 Feet

Directions From Blacksburg Virginia

1) Take 460 West

2) Turn right on VA-700 and take about 7 miles to the top of Mountain Lake

3) Bear left on VA-613

4) At the fork, take a right to the Biological Station

February 5, 2009 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Products of Environments: Icicles and Red Oaks

The highest point of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia is Apple Orchard Mountain, which is named for the trees at its summit. But the trees aren’t apple trees like the name “Apple Orchard” would lead one to believe. They are actually northern red oak trees. Exposed at an elevation of 4225 feet, they are subject to strong winds and ice. The grow short and crooked and as SummitPost.org describes they appear “as if they have been trimmed and pruned for decades.” Because of the conditions, they don’t look like the red oaks that they are:

Red Oaks
Stunted Northern Red Oaks on Top of Apple Orchard Mountain and What a Red Oak is Supposed to Look Like (Drawing courtesy of GlobalForestScience.org)

The trees at the top of Apple Orchard Mountain are what they are because of where they are. They are products of their environment…

…and so are the icicles at Little Stony Creek on Salt Pond Mountain.

In December, Tony Airaghi and I hiked along side of the creek in search of Mann’s Bog. We never made it to our final destination, but along the way we saw a diverse display of icicles. These weren’t just simple columns of ice. Like the red oaks on Apple Orchard Mountain, these icicles gave us hints to the conditions they grew in– how the wind was blowing and where the water level was at. And some of them, were just baffling.

Mann's Bog - Tear Drop Icicles
Two tear drop icicles merge together

Mann's Bog - Rhodocicles (Cropped)
Icicles curve off the leaves of a rhododendron

Mann's Bog - Foamcicles (Cropped)
Ice amoung foam

Mann's Bog - Bellcicles (Cropped)
These bell shaped icicles hint to where the water level used to be at

Mountain Lake - Ice Claw (Cropped)
Um… yeah, have no idea how this claw of ice would have formed.

More pictures of our Little Stony Creek Hike and of Apple Orchard Mountain are available on my Flickr site.

February 3, 2009 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Off the Beaten Paths: Hikes for T.A.C.O. Week

Christina recently challenged her blog readers to come up with a list of sites in their town that are off the beaten path.  Meanwhile, September 24th – September 30th is Take a Child Outside Week (HT Ryan Somma).  Being in beautiful southwest Virginia, there is no shortage of great places outside to take a child.  The Huckleberry Trail, the Caboose Park, Pandapas Pond and the Virginia Tech Duck Pond are all very popular.  BUT– I can also recommend some outings that are a little less crowded, a little closer to nature, and still child friendly.

So here are Five Off the Beaten Path Places to Take a Child Outside.  To help illustrate the outings, there are pictures of one of my favorite hiking partners, little Penn.

Falls Ridge Preserve
In 2005 when the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club took a group hike over to Falls Ridge Preserve, some of members never even knew the preserve existed.  This is particularly surprising because this hike has a lot to offer.  There is a giant grassy field to run around in.  There is a waterfall!  There are the remains of an old furnace!  There are CAVES!  And…. you can see it all with almost no elevation gain (There is a hill to go up to the top of the falls, but you don’t have to do that if you don’t wanna).


Penn at Falls Ridge, 2 years of age

Falls Ridge Preserve

Length: You can make it as long or as short as you want

Elevation Gain: Flat, except for a hill to the top of the falls.

Driving and Parking: The final approach to the preserve is a flat gravel road.  There is plenty of parking.

Directions from Blacksburg, VA
From Main Street, turn on Ellett Road.
Turn left on Jennelle Road and cross over railroad tracks
Turn right on Den Hill Road
Turn left on Northfork
Turn right on Falls Ridge Rd.
Turn left immediately after the railroad tracks and follow the gravel road to the preserve.

Barney’s Wall
As for off the beaten path, a hiker from Blue Ridge Country described Barney’s Wall as “the region’s best-kept-secret stunning views“.  It is indeed stunning and very often secluded.  And here’s the kicker– it is a very easy hike! 


Penn at Barney’s Wall, 4 years of age

For an added treat, I suggest packing in milk and cookies

P.S. If you are your child are still thirsting for more scenery, keep driving down VA-714 to the Butt Mountain Overlook and the old fire tower.

Barney’s Wall

Length: ~1.5 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: Small downhill there, small uphill back.

Parent Stress Level: I did find this hike the most stressful of all my outings with Penn because of the sharp dropoff at the overlook.  Keep children under close supervision.

Driving and Parking: To get to the trailhead, you do have to travel on gravel/dirt VA-714.  The road’s maintenance level does vary.  I would recommend 4WD.

Directions from Blacksburg, VA
Take 460 West
Turn right on Doe Creek Road
Turn left on Paces Gap Road/Little Meadow which will become gravel
Travel roughly 5.5 miles and look for “Nature Conservancy Trail” on the left.

Keffer Oak
Keffer Oak is one of the largest blazed trees on the 2175 mile Appalachian Trail and it isn’t that far from Blacksburg.  You know the tree is impressive when it makes it in a book called Remarkable Trees of Virginia.  Estimated at over 300 years old, the Keffer Oak is 18 feet in circumference.  To a small child, it seems even bigger!  From the VA-630 trailhead, it is only 0.6 miles to tree.  There is a hill, but an easy one.  If the tree is not enough, next to the tree is a stile, which Penn loved to climb.  It was like a mini jungle gym in the middle of the woods!


Penn at Keffer Oak, 4 years of age

On the drive to the tree, be sure to take a detour on VA-601 to see the historic covered bridge!

Appalachian Trail – Keffer Oak

Length: 1.2 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: There is a brief hill near the beginning of the trail, but nothing too scary.

Driving and Parking: The roads are all paved and there is a small gravel parking lot at the VA-630 trailhead.

Directions from Blacksburg, VA
Take 460 West
Turn right on VA-42
Bear right to stay on VA-42
Turn right on VA-629
Turn right on VA-630
The trailhead will be on your left shortly after passing over a bridge

Wind Rocks
Wind Rocks is another contender for your child’s first Appalachian Trail hike!  From the parking lot, there is not even a half mile walk to the overlook.  Of course you have to drive to the trailhead, but along the way, you can stop at Mountain Lake to explore the dry lake bed or marvel at the life size chess and checkers set.  Your child will also get exposed to Civil War history, when you pass by “Mini-Ball Hill” where soldiers, weary from climbing the steep mountains, abandoned their ammunition to lighten their load.

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Penn and Uncle Ted at Wind Rocks, 1 Year of age

Appalachian Trail – Wind Rocks

Length: ~1 mile round trip

Elevation Gain: There is a uphill there, but not too bad.

Driving and Parking: The trailhead is off of gravel VA-613.  For the most part the road is flat and well maintained.  There are some sections with some water damage.  However, 4WD may not be a requirement.  I once saw a Mini Cooper make the trip!

Directions from Blacksburg, VA
Take 460 West
Turn right on VA-700 and drive 7 miles to Mountain Lake
Once at the resort, turn left on VA-613.
Pass by the turn off the to Biological Station
Pass by the trailhead for the War Spur Trail
Pass the Mini-Ball Hill sign on your left.
The AT Trailhead will eventually be on your right and a large dirt parking area will be on the left.

Gatewood Lake
In this area, you hear a lot about Smith Mountain Lake and you hear a lot about Claytor Lake.  But have you ever heard of Gatewood Lake in Pulaski?  Unlike the other two lakes, Gatewood Lake does not permit gas motors.  The result?  A very peaceful and quiet lake experience where you can really concentrate on nature.  There are number of easy hiking trails that run along the lake and if you yearn to be even closer to the water, they rent kid-friendly paddle boats! 


Penn at Gatewood Lake, 5 years of age.

Gatewood Resevoir

Length: Can be as long or as short as you like.

Elevation Gain:  Flat!

Driving and Parking: All roads and lots are paved

Directions from Blacksburg, VA
Take 460 East to I-81 South
Get off Exit 94
Take VA-99 into downtown Pulaski
Follow signs to “Gatewood Resevoir”

September 29, 2008 at 1:20 am 5 comments

More on Mountain Lake

If you are interested in more coverage of the disappearance of Mountain Lake, check out the blogs for the Mountain Lake Conservancy:

Mountain Lake Conservancy Blog

Throughout August and September, they have been posting regular pictures of the water level and the lake bed.

Mountain Lake Conservancy Recreation Blog

This blog focuses mostly on recreation opportunities at Mountain Lake, but they also discuss their attempts at stopping the leakage with sandbags.

September 15, 2008 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Mountain Lake: Three Years Apart

In 2005, the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) had their annual conference at Mountain Lake. Robert Kosinski and Karen McMahon took some pictures of the event and captured some shots of the lake when it still had water. And… one of their shots just so happened to match one of mine from Sunday.

Here is Mountain Lake in 2005 as seen at the ABLE Conference and then Mountain Lake in 2008 as seen by me on Sunday.


Mountain Lake – 2005 (Photo by Karen McMahon) and 2008

Special thanks to ABLE, Robert Kosinski and Karen McMahon for allowing me to use their picture! Be sure to check out the ABLE site to see more pictures of Mountain Lake in 2005.

 

September 5, 2008 at 10:41 am 2 comments

Mountain Lake No More

On Sunday, I took Science Blogger Ryan Somma from ideonexus.com up to Mountain Lake. The Commonwealth of Virginia only has two natural fresh water lakes and Mountain Lake is one of them. If that isn’t notable enough for you, then I guess I should promote the lake’s other bragging rights. Ahem. Part of Dirty Dancing was filmed there.

On the way up, I pointed out the route for the annual Mountains of Misery Race and I explained how in recent years the lake’s been draining.

We arrived to the top of Salt Pond Mountain and discovered that I used incorrect tense. Draining was wrong. Drained is more like it. The water is pretty much all gone. It’s part of the cycle of the lake.

The Mountain Lake Resort has been dealt a tough hand. The water is gone. Lake-side cottages look oddly out of place. Stranded boats and docks look reminiscent of ghost towns.


Ryan with what is left of the lake


Rocks, an empty lake and what was once prime real estate


These posted rules aren’t that handy anymore


An old boat in the mud

But kudos to the resort for turning lemons into lemonade. They let you explore the dry lake bed. A nice gravel path with a bench and a portapotty lead the way. You get to see the fascinating crack patterns in the dried mud. You get to witness the perseverance of nature as vegetation takes over where the water once was. And you get to be on the lookout for forgotten goodies like old Budweiser cans fossils!


Flowers grow in the rocks


The cracked lake bed


Grass and wildflowers taking over


Grass growing in the dried mud


Worm tracks and a leaf imprint in the mud

When you go to the Mountain Lake Resort website now, there is a caption in red at the top of the page that reads, “The mountain is more than just a lake…….”

That was certainly true on Sunday. We mucked around in the mud until dark. It was by far the longest amount of time that I have spent at the actual lake area of Mountain Lake.

A stronger testament comes from my own picture collection. Between Bald Knob, War Spur, the Appalachian Trail and Wind Rocks, I head up to the top of Salt Pond Mountain pretty regularly for hikes. Then add special events like Oktoberfest in the mix and I’ve been up there a quite a bit. So…over the years, exactly how many pictures have I taken of the lake?

ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There are two pictures from Bald Knob where the lake happens to make a cameo appearance in the background, but that’s it.

The lake itself was indeed gorgeous and quite a sight. But whenever I headed to the top of Salt Pond Mountain, there was always something else that interested me more than the water.

More pictures from dried Mountain Lake are available on my Flickr site.

Mountain Lake – Hiking the Lake Bed
115 Hotel Circle
Pembroke, VA 24136
Website

Length: ~1.5 miles round trip (estimated using Google Maps)

Elevation Gain: It’s pretty flat– but if you tackle the mud and the rocks, you can make the terrain tricky.

Parking: $2 at the hotel

Directions from Blacksburg, VA
Take 460 West
Turn right on VA-700
Follow VA-700 about 7 miles to the top of the mountain


September 3, 2008 at 10:54 am 10 comments

War Spur in the Snow

This weekend I sequested myself on various home improvement projects.  But last weekend was more adventurous!  I got to go out with Tony Airaghi and his pals in the snow.  We decided to go to the War Spur Trail in the Mountain Lake Wilderness Area.

Waiting
Our venture started off slowly.  I drove to Eric L’s house where I was supposed to meet Tony.  Every August I get an email about a party at Eric’s house, but I’ve never actually been there and I have never actually met this Eric.  So when I arrived and did not see Tony’s car, I rapped on the front door and had to resort to this confident greeting:

“Uh…. do you know a guy named Tony?”

I had the right Eric and he invited me into his home.  I sat around and avoided awkwardness by engrossing myself in an activity I’m good at– petting dogs.  Meanwhile, Eric paid a bill online and tinkered with a remote control helicopter.  Time passed and still no Tony.   I chatted with Eric and a guy I did know– Paul!  Still no Tony.

Tony’s Pre-Adventure Adventure
So what happened to poor Tony?  He stopped to fill up at a local gas station.  The pump was incredibly slow.  After a few minutes of waiting and still only 0.90 gallons pumped successfully into his car, Tony aborted the sale and then moved over to the next pump.  That pump was just as slow.  Tony left his radio on to pass the time and just stuck it out.  When Tony’s Explorer finally had a full tank of gas, he finished his second sale, returned to his vehicle and discovered… his battery was dead (Tony’s battery had preexisting issues).

Luckily, a nearby patron caught wind of Tony’s dilemma and volunteered to give him a jump.

“Just let me finish filling up.” he said.

So Tony had to wait on the slow pumps AGAIN.

Once he got his vehicle started, Tony realized it probably wasn’t wise to take a car with a sketchy battery out to a remote trailhead.  So he went by NAPA and bought a new battery.  Then he installed the new battery.  And THEN, he was ready to start his journey.

More Waiting
When Tony finally arrived, one would think our departure was near.  Welp, it turns out, Tony wasn’t the only arrival that was highly anticipated.  So was the vodka in Tony’s car! 

One round of Bloody Marys later (and three seperate individuals observing that celery burns more calories to digest than it provides), our crew of five hikers and four dogs were off.

To the Trailhead
Our trailhead journey was uneventful except for one thing.  We passed this jeep along the way:


D’oh

The driver did an amazing job at making a bad situation worse.  Tony says the driver should have just waited.

“There are rednecks who drive this road all the time just looking for people to tow.”

Hike
The hike itself was gorgeous.  Beautiful snow, beautiful virgin hemlocks and my personal favorite– the rhododendrons.  I love how rhododendrons curl up in the winter (five years ago it was Tony who first pointed that out to me).  


Rock at the overlook


My favorite evergreen– rhododendrons in the wild


Jimmie at the overlook


Snow covered branch and the sky

My California Knowledge is Lacking
I have a lot to learn about the Golden State.  As we hiked, I thought, “Ha!  GeekHiker may get a week to celebrate Arbor Day, but I get to hike in the snow!” 

It was only when I got home, I read about his snowshoe outing to Highway 2.  🙂

The Strategic Nature of Switchbacks
One hiker in our party was troubled with a bad back, so he was a lot slower than the rest of us.  At one point we stopped and waited for him to catch up.  Following in the footsteps of accidental discoveries such as LSD and Penicillin, Tony and Eric stumbled upon a previous unknown property of switchbacks:  They make great vantage points for snowball ambushes. 

Eric throws snowballs from the switchback

Drive Home
The drive home was uneventful until we ran into a traffic jam of three vehicles.  The drivers of all the vehicles were standing outside in the snow surveying the situation.  One of the vehicles was stuck on the right side of the road.  Guess what it was!  It was that SAME jeep from before!  The driver had returned with some buddies and they successfully freed the jeep from the mud.  The driver drove down the road about a half of a mile before deciding to make a U-Turn.  It was during that manuever when he managed to get his car stuck AGAIN, this time on the OPPOSITE side of the road.  That’s got to impress the ladies.

More Links
My War Spur Hike Pictures on Flickr
Kevin Myatt’s Article on the War Spur Trail for the Roanoke Times

January 28, 2008 at 12:43 am 3 comments

Angel’s Rest & Evolution of the Appalachian Trail

For me, it is difficult to not feel a sense of history when I’m on the Appalachian Trail.  The trail, which winds through mountains that are over 300 million years old, was first completed in 1937.  In just in my little section in southwest Virginia, it takes you by rare virgin forests that have never been touched by loggers (the spruces found in the Mountain Lake Wilderness Area) and a tree that is over 300 years old (the great Keffer Oak).  You go by old farmlands which, although unattended, still survive (the cherry orchard south of Dismal Falls).  You see stunning views that we have Africa to thank for– sixty million years ago, the continent collided with Virginia and brought us the likes of McAfee Knob.  You pass by reminders of our nation’s wars ranging from the Revolutionary War (Tinker Mountain is supposedly named for deserters who hid there) to WWII (the Audie Murphy Memorial on Brush Mountain).  All this on a footpath that has been traveled upon for seventy-one years.


Old AT map listing the mileage as 2,007.  In 2005 the total mileage had grown to 2,174.9

Interestingly enough, the AT’s abundance of history is the very trait that lulls me into viewing it as a static being, as stationary as the sandstone formations that photograph oh so well.  I think of it as a constant.  Yet, all around me, I can see that isn’t the case.  Destroyed bridges are replaced.  New shelters emerge.  Or perhaps a new switchback blaze surfaces near Wind Rocks (what wise soul could have suggested that?).  I see hints of the trail being rerouted– a guide book note here, a covered blaze there.  And I’m well aware what was once the trail in the 1940’s is now part of the Blue Ridge Parkway (I suspect that is why that section boasts so few views– all the good parts were snatched away for the road!).  Even with all that evidence, the AT in my mind, seemed so concrete.

On Saturday, I got to see first hand how fluid the trail really is.  I took the dogs up to Angel’s Rest near Pearisburg.  It’s my favorite hike and I’ve done numerous times in the past six years.  I’ve seen that section through all four seasons and despite the changing temperatures and vegetation, the route has always been the same. 

Not anymore!  The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club has finished a relocation!  As a result, the early part of the ascent was all new trail to me.  And… if the beautiful, brand spanking new sign at the top is correct, the AT has now grown!  Perhaps I was hiking on the AT’s newest 0.2 miles.  🙂


Picture of the old AT and the new AT.  To prevent confusion, RATC members piled brush on the old trail. 

I did lament the loss of one or two small landmarks.  And now I have no idea if my ascent time of sixty-six minutes is any better or worse than my previous personal best of sixty minutes.  But all in all, it was a thrill to see the AT change before my eyes.  Afterall, it’s the trail’s ability to change, to reroute and evolve, that has allowed it to accumulate the deceptive history it has.  🙂

One very important item remained the same on Saturday and I expect it to remain the same for years to come– the views on Pearis Mountain are spectacular:


View of Wilburn Valley (on AT south of Angel’s Rest)


View of Pearisburg, Virginia from Angel’s Rest


Remaining Leaves and Wilburn Valley

More pictures of my Angel’s Rest Hike can be found on Flickr.

November 8, 2007 at 9:25 am 5 comments

Oktoberfest at Mountain Lake

My friend Mandy had some Oktoberfest tickets she couldn’t use, so last night Ann and I took Penn to the festivities at Mountain Lake.  The event featured a biergarten, traditional German food and the Sauerkraut Band.

When we first stood in line for the buffet, it dawned on me that this was a disaster waiting to happen.  Penn’s a picky eater, a very picky eater.  And although the entrees sounded delicious to me, I could easily see how the likes of beets, sauerkraut, purple cabbage and smoked salmon would be less than appealing to Penn.  He was particularly disturbed by the roasted pig.  The devoured meat exposed the pig’s spine, meanwhile the pig’s head was still in tact.  Penn stared and had a lot of concern about the pig’s eyeballs.


This pig did not help Penn’s appetite

Luckily, Penn found one of the German sausages edible.  Though when he had eaten about half and suddenly asked, “Where does sausage come from?” I was very nervous to tell him “pigs”.  That knowledge didn’t make a difference to Penn, he continued to ingest his dinner.

A local bakery in Christiansburg has a sign that says, “Life is Uncertain, Eat Dessert First”.  I didn’t adopt the sentiment verbatim, but when I passed by the pastry bar and saw the inventory dwindling, I made sure to snag a piece of cake right away.  I balanced it on my two plates of food and carried it back.


Evidence of foresight– Cake!

Later Ann asked Penn to get a dessert from the bar.  He came back carrying a plate of crumbs (literally).  That was all that was left.  I was so very proud of my foresight and was eager to share my bounty and be the hero of the group.  Alas, Mountain Lake did eventually replenish the dessert table.  At least I can still snicker at those who had to wait ten extra minutes for their cake.  Suckers! 

Even though the meal started out shaky for Penn, he ended up having a fabulous time.  The Sauerkraut Band was a big hit.  He enjoyed clapping along, toasting his Sprite when the adults toasted and he seemed particularly enamoured with watching a little girl dance.  Later, the event took on another level of excitement when Penn discovered a number of children playing billiards upstairs.


Penn claps along to the Sauerkraut Band


Little Penn toasts his Sprite


The Sauerkraut Band

In the buffet line, I fully expected the evening would end with Penn driving our departure time.  In the end, it was Ann and I, the old fogies, who had to drag Penn home!

More pictures from Mountain Lake’s Oktoberfest can be found on my Flickr site.

October 14, 2007 at 4:37 pm 4 comments

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