Tinker Cliffs

first_imgPhoto courtesy of staff at Wilderness AdventureAppalachia Outposts: Tinker CliffsVirginia has a wide assortment of backyard activities. From climbing to caving and everything in between, keeping busy outside in Virginia is not a hard thing to do. So with a little time off, and a thirst for adventure, a small group of friends and myself got in the vehicle, took a short ride, and checked out one of the many scenic branches of the Appalachian Trail: Tinker Cliffs.Hiking Tinker CliffsPhoto courtesy of staff at Wilderness AdventureLocated in Catawba (near Daleville) and off of Virginia 779, the Andy Layne Trail head is located right off the road. Starting the scenic 2.8-mile hike to the top is a couple of creek crossings, open cow pastures (watch your step!), and many well-maintained trails. The trails are all in good conditions as you push further on, but the grade quickly becomes steeper. And at times, you question to yourself, “Why am I climbing this mountain?”Tinker Cliffs SummitPhoto courtesy of staff at Wilderness AdventureThe answer soon becomes clear as you reach the summit. The glorious views provided by Tinker Cliffs will take your breath away, make you appreciate hiking, and will simply amaze you. 1,700 feet above ground level gives you a bird’s eye view as you navigate across the cliffs and have a good time, definitely a must-do Virginia backyard activity.Go, get out and explore, and most of all, have a good time with it.-BradView Larger Maplast_img read more

See La Liga goal king chart: Ronaldo’s 300th keeps him ahead of Messi

first_imgA spirited second half display and change of system from Carlo Ancelotti saw Real Madrid overcome a stubborn Rayo Vallecano side to claim a hard-fought 2-0 win and close the gap on Barcelona.Ancelotti’s side came into the game on Wednesday at the Vallecas seven points behind the Liga leaders following their 4-0 win over Almeria earlier, with Rayo Vallecano enjoying the better of the first half as they went toe-to-toe with Real.But Real Madrid’s superior quality and threat in attack told in the second half, with Cristiano Ronaldo heading home the opener after 68 minutes following excellent work by Dani Carvjal down the right wing.Ronaldo joins Raul and Di Stefano as the only players to score 300 goals for Real Madrid.Lionel Messi also scored in Barca’s 4-0 win against Almeria to keep the difference between himself and the Portugal star at four goals. Race for the Pichichi 1Cristiano Ronaldo37Real Madrid2Lionel Messi33FC Barcelona3Carlos Bacca17Sevilla FC3Neymar17FC Barcelona5Antoine Griezmann16Atlético Madrid6Alberto Bueno16Rayo Vallecano6Karim Benzema15Real Madrid8Gareth Bale13Real Madrid9Mario Mandzukic12Atlético Madrid9Luciano Vietto12Villarreal CF11Adúriz11Athletic Club–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more