Smith Mountain Lake- Fishing and a Wine Festival

Smith Mountain Lake is truly a hidden gem nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The lake is comprised of about 500 miles or shoreline and was built by damming up the Roanoke river.  I’m fortunate enough to have some in laws that have a beautiful house there.  My family visits as often as we can and we typically do some boating, ride wave runners, fish, swim and….have the occasional drink.  It’s a relaxing spot that never gets old.

Every year we head down for the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival and I think we have gone the last three years.  It has tons of Virginia wineries and a bunch of local vendors that have crafts, nick knacks, clothes and gifts.  Additionally, they have about 4 bands that play and its is always nice to sit up on the hill, look down and hang out with some friends while listening to good music.  My all time favorite winery is Barboursville.  They have some great wines and I highly recommend the Octagon.  Its phenomenal!!

The day before the wine festival, my father-inlaw, my wife and I went fishing.  Although we have a boat to use, we decided we would hire someone to take us out and show us where to fish.  It was an incredibly relaxing trip.

Random Smith Mountain Lake Photos

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I'm now considered a survivor. A survivor of what you may ask? For my entire life I have been a walking time bomb due to a visitor embedded in my brain called an AVM, or an Arteriovenous Malformation. I never actually knew I had it. My story of survival is so improbably and spectacular that it is worthy of an entire book in itself. I may have a post in here somewhere on my blog that covers it. In the end I’ve survived a brain hemorrhage, brain surgery and I’ve been left with Epilepsy and Left Side Neglect. Believe it or not, Left Side Neglect has been nothing less than a fascinating experience although I don’t recommend it for the feeble or weak minded. In the end that time bomb exploded yet I’m still here to put my adventures up on this blog and I will never let my survivor experience hold me back from life. Although I’m now considered a “Survivor”, throughout life I have been many things and it seems I have assumed many different identities along the way. For me life has been a zigzagging adventure woven with change and that change has always been good. I’m truly blessed as my life has been nothing short of amazing and my cup has always been overflowing even in the worst of times. I’ve had a good family, good friends, excellent mentors along the way and an amazing wife. Wonder if she will actually ever read this?? I’ve been a musician, a dishwasher, a pizza maker, a break-dancer, a skateboarder, a long haired metal head, a United States Marine, a husband, a father to many, a technologist, a college student, an adventure racer, a businessman, a manager, a leader, a crisis manager, a Harley Davidson enthusiast, a wannabe bourbon connoisseur, an amateur RV’er, an amateur blogger, an amateur writer, an amateur photographer, a thinker, a doer, a traveler, a wannabe digital nomad, an adventurer, and a remote worker. So as you can see I’ve maintained just a few identities….but what’s in an identity anyway. I know my identity as a “survivor” will not sum up my existence nor define me as a person. My name is Will and I am all of those identities listed above and then some. Hopefully you will join me on my journey. Do take Care, Will

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