Day 8:

The Devil’s Bathtub – Duffield, VA

On Sunday I made my way into Virginia and went on a hike to the Devil’s Bathtub. Fitting, right? It was out in the middle of nowhere, and it seemed I was the first one to the trail that day, so I was a bit weary starting off. However, once I got on the trail I felt fine because the trail was market pretty well, and it wasn’t very strenuous. It was a leisurely stroll compared to the previous day’s hike. It was a short 4 mile round trip that I would probably rate as easy/moderate, and I would only go so far as to say moderate because of the many river crossings. Once I made it to the focal point of the trail, the Devil’s Bathtub, I was amazed. The changing leaves made the view even better. I was definitely glad to be the only one out there at the time. It made the whole experience that much more enjoyable. I spent a fair amount of time exploring the area before making the trip back. I did pass several families making the hike in as I was on my way out, so I guess the isolation that I experienced was due to the time that I made the hike.

The Devil’s Bathtub – Duffield, VA

The other hike that I had wanted to do was to the Channels Nature Preserve. However, it was a slightly longer hike, and I wouldn’t have the time to do it that day. I wasn’t really wanting to stay in the area again that night since I had so much ground to cover, so I decided I would venture back another time to visit. Instead I made a last minute decision to head to Roanoke, VA. That wasn’t previously on my list, but it was on the way to my next destination, Natural Bridge. So I drove the two hours to Roanoke, and I’m glad I did.

Red Spotted Newt at The Devil’s Bathtub – Duffield, VA

On the drive into the city I had seen a beautiful church, and if you know me, then you know that I love visiting churches. So once I made it into downtown I went on a hunt to find that church. It didn’t take very long since it was pretty large, so naturally I stopped to take some photos. However, it had a sign saying it was a Catholic school, so I didn’t know if it would be alright to go in. To be on the safe side I didn’t.

St. Andrew’s Catholic Church – Roanoke, VA

Instead I decided to visit the famous Roanoke Star and enjoy the sunset view of the city. It was pretty crowded when I got there, but I still managed to find parking and join the crowd in watching the sun go down. As 7:00pm hit, the star lit up causing excitement in the small children and adults alike. It was definitely a nice welcome into the city. Since it was now pretty dark I decided to make my way to my spot for the night: Planet Fitness. I opted to stay there instead of Walmart because when I called all of the local Walmarts they all said they did not accept overnight parking. I’m sure that I would have been fine to stay anyway, but I decided I would just stay at PF since I was there anyway, and it was a very lit area. I was able to use their Wi-Fi to get my game plan together for the next day also, so it worked out quite well in the end.

View from the Roanoke Star – Roanoke, VA
Roanoke Star – Roanoke, VA

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