Friday, December 21, 2012

In the beginning...

In 2008, two single parents met on a dating site.  These two people then had some coffee, went on a bike ride, did some geo-caches, did some hiking, did some backpacking and then totally intertwined their lives together.  In 2010 they got married and fused their children and their lives together.  2 adults, 3 boys, a cat, and in 2011 we added a dog.  The cat still has not forgiven us.  This blog is not about that chapter.

This blog is about the next chapter in the story of the husband and wife team of Crazy Computer Dad (CCD) and SGG.  This is about the fulfillment of a dream to have a house in or near the Blue Ridge Mountains where we can retreat to and where we can retire to.  This blog is about their adventures hiking, camping, snowboarding, snow shoeing, and more.  This blog is about their misadventures with the house itself as well.

The beginning of this chapter was in April 2012.  I had just accepted a job offer to work for the predominant power company in the state of Virginia.  SGG, myself, and the family were about to move to Richmond.  SGG and I love to hike and camp, and Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains offer some of the best of both.  We started looking for a place that we could spend weekends at and retire to.  We found a house 3 miles from the Appalachian Trail, but that one did not work out.  The job did not either and I found myself working in Norfolk again.

In October 2012, we spent the weekend exploring around Amherst County again.  It was rainy, foggy, and about forty-three degrees Fahrenheit.  The woods were so quiet and calm.  As we strode through the mountains we chatted as well as walked in silence.  We loved it.  About three and a half miles in, we happened upon a bear.  We made a u-turn and hiked right back out again.  We were hooked and started looking at places to buy again.  On December 21, 2012, we closed on our Monroe Mountain House.

The house was built in 1969 and has had a few additions put on.  It is still small.  It has 2 bedrooms, a living room, a den, and an eat in kitchen.  It also has a basement.  It sits on .82 acres of land in Amherst County, in the town of Monroe, VA.  We can see the mountains from our back deck and are 20-40 mins from our favorite hikes and many other hikes / camping spots we haven't been to yet.  It not being way up in the mountains means that we have grocery stores and stuff right around the corner from us.  It is a good combination of hiking and convenience.

Back of the house
Sunset the first day
Morning the second day

Morning of December 27th

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