Midweek, Josh and I decided to hike Humpback Rock, a few miles west of Charlottesville on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I had done the hike years before, and the 40 minute ascent didn’t sound so bad, but as the trail immediately rose sharply, I realized that it wasn’t quite as easy as it had seemed the last time…when I was 10… Nevertheless, we made it to the top, which was completely worth the sweat for the incredible view. Had a picnic on the rocks and headed back down, which of course took less then half as long as the climb.
Naturally, to relax after the hike, we decided to stop at some of the many wineries we’d passed on the drive there. It was my first time on the local Monticello Wine Trail and I was pleasantly surprised (not that I’m an expert). We stopped at Afton Mountain Vineyards, Veritas, and Pollak…our favorite being Veritas, pictured below, which had an incredible complex and view of the countryside.