Nothing like a destination with a mix of hiking, wineries, fine food, and relaxation.
After an uneventful trip down RT81S, we detoured to the Skyline Drive (www.visitskylinedrive.org). And had a great time checking out the views (the genesis in 1982 of the anonymous comment “it’s just another high place”. Nonetheless the views were really nice, and we rewarded ourselves on the way down with a hike to a nice waterfall (http://www.everytrail.com/guide/dark-hollow-falls-shenandoah-national-park ), complete with a well executed DYB. Ahhhh.
The accommodations were excellent, the Rooster Hill Inn (http://www.roosterhillbb.com /), just outside Charlottesville, complete with a friendly cat and chickens , who provided the daily fixings for breakfast.
We also attacked a nice hike on day 2, to prepare us for the longer hikes to come.. this was called Humpback Rocks – on the Blue Ridge Parkway west of our B&B. http://www.hikingupward.com/gwnf/humpbackrocks/ . – Humpback Rockis a massive greenstone outcrop near the peak of Humpback Mountain with a summit elevation of 3,080 feet (940 m). The rock is so named for the visual effect of a "hump" it creates on the western face of the mountain.