Douthat State Park

When we first set our goal to visit all of Virginia’s state parks, I don’t think I quite realized how big this state really is. The 41 parks are spread out all over the place. It takes 8-9 hours to get from the state’s westernmost park to its easternmost park, and those two parks areContinue reading “Douthat State Park”

Searching for LOVE(works)

It has been a while since my last blog post. Between a busy time at work (report card writing and parent-teacher conferences were within a week of each other), recovery from vaccine #2 (which totally knocked me out), and several bitterly cold and icy weekends, we haven’t done nearly as much exploring as I wouldContinue reading “Searching for LOVE(works)”

Northern Virginia’s Regional Parks

I consider myself tremendously lucky to live in an area that is so accessible to lush, gorgeous parkland. Northern Virginia is home to national park sites, state parks, and county parks that lend themselves beautifully to family-friendly hiking and exploration. Yet there is another category of park that should not be overlooked: Northern Virginia RegionalContinue reading “Northern Virginia’s Regional Parks”

Trail Quest

When I started writing this blog, the first post I shared on social media was this one about the 4th grade National Parks pass. My college friend Heather, who also lives in Virginia, commented that I should look into the Trail Quest challenge. I was intrigued, so I decided to check it out. Trail QuestContinue reading “Trail Quest”