Poo. Poo is Nirvana. Poo is satisfying. When you arrive at that “ahhhh” moment, everything slips away as you feel your body completely relax. No matter how you felt pre-Poo; exhilerated, anxious, or just plain focused on the task at hand, your arrival at Poo is nothing short of elation. And Poo is beautiful and pleasing to the eye. There is nothing distasteful about Poo.
Peaks of Otter. Poo. Located approximately ten miles north of Bedford, Virginia. The Peaks of Otter are three moutains in the Blue Ridge Mountain chain; Sharp Top, Flat Top, and Harkening Hill. The Lodge is situated right on the Blue Ridge Parkway, MP 85. This is our third trip to the lodge; twice by motorbike and once, this trip, in our MX-5.
After a spirited drive up and down the Back of the Dragon (see previous post), we headed east and took the back roads and the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Peaks of Otter Lodge. This area of Virginia is stunningly beautiful, and the lodge property is as well. It was here, way back in 2006, that we had a magical bear encounter with a female bear and her two cubs. A photo hanging in our living room that Roo took at the time showing momma bear and her cubs looking right at us with no fear or aggression at twenty feet away reminds us of that magical experience.
The grounds here at the lodge are gorgeous, invoking a sense of calm and peace the moment one arrives. We parked the MX-5 and didn’t drive for two days, electing instead to chill and hike the many trails both on the property and the surrounding area.
The restaurant on site serves wonderful cuisine in a rustic mountain atmosphere. A fiddler is playing in the lounge, and the music filters through to the dining room as Roo and I enjoy a bottle of wine from a local vineyard. A perfect ending to a great day of driving as we walk the trail around Lake Abbott in the moonlight.
The next morning we awake to a gorgeous Virginia morning, and prepare to hike to the summit of Sharp Top mountain. Sharp Top peaks to just under 4000 ft. in elevation. A 1.5 mile trail takes us to the summit. That doesn’t seem like a very long trail, and it isn’t, as the crow flies, but this is 1.5 miles with a lot of vertical.
Another View Of Sharp Top
The views from the summit are breathtaking! We could see for miles. And it was very, very, cool and breezy. I was dressed for seventy-five degree temps in a fifty-five degree atmosphere with a wind chill of another five to eight degrees. Brrrr.
I reached into my pants pocket to retrieve my camera to take photos of the beautiful surroundings, and came up empty handed! I left the camera in the room. Below are a couple of web photos of the summit of Sharp Top:
There is also a cabin at the summit, built in the 1880’s, that was used as an overnight rest stop for hikers and travelers of that era. The National Park Service had just finished restoring the cabin this year.
Another historical structure on the Poo property is Polly’s Ordinary. An “ordinary” was the term used in the 18th and 19th centuries for overnight accommodations for travelers in the area. Nothing fancy, just a place to drop your bedroll and get a simple meal. This was a popular area for travel and recreation even back then.
A full day of hiking, beautiful weather, another wonderful meal in the on-site restaurant and one last evening walk around Lake Abbott, left us pleasantly tired. Tomorrow we begin our journey back to Wytheville and the Trinkle House B&B for an overnight stay, via the Blue Ridge Parkway and some of Virginia’s best twisty roads. Then its back home to South Carolina and the anxiously awaiting Beagles.
Another satisfying Poo experience. If you ever want to make a trip to Poo, check the area out on the Blue Ridge Parkway, MP 85, Bedford, VA, and have your own wonderful Poo experience. You won’t be disappointed.