Kiptopeke State Park

I am the type of person who likes to stay on top of projects and tasks because I get anxious when I get too far behind. Apparently, I am also the type of person who writes about a summer beach trip the week before Halloween. To be fair, we moved this summer, and moving withContinue reading “Kiptopeke State Park”

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”

Shenandoah River State Park and Front Royal

I’m sure I’ve written something similar before, but I’ll say it again: one of the things that I enjoy most about Northern Virginia is that we have easy access to all of the amenities of a major city, while at the same time living a short drive away from beautiful rural landscapes. With that inContinue reading “Shenandoah River State Park and Front Royal”

Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park

So it’s been a long time since I’ve updated the blog. A really long time. Almost ten months to be exact. Any parents who are reading will know that a lot can happen in ten months. In this case, the past ten months provided us with enough time to become parents again! Daughter #2 wasContinue reading “Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park”

Twin Lakes State Park

Following our trip to High Bridge Trail State Park, we knew we wanted to continue exploring the local parks, especially in a slightly more shaded or cooler area. For that reason, off we headed to Twin Lakes State Park in nearby Green Bay, VA. As its name suggests, this 548-acre park boasts two different lakes.Continue reading “Twin Lakes State Park”

High Bridge Trail State Park

When we first set our goal to visit all of Virginia’s state parks, one of the destinations I was most excited about was High Bridge Trail State Park. Home to the 31-mile-long High Bridge Trail, the park’s namesake is a gorgeous bridge that stretches for half a mile and soars about 125 feet above theContinue reading “High Bridge Trail State Park”

Westmoreland State Park: New Year, New Park

After doing so much reading about First Day Hikes, I was pretty psyched to start off the New Year with a family hike in a state park. Since we arrived in Colonial Beach on New Year’s Eve, we decided that our first hike of 2021 would take place 25 minutes away in Westmoreland State Park.Continue reading “Westmoreland State Park: New Year, New Park”

Mason Neck State Park

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe 2020 is finally over. In spite of the unprecedented circumstances, I’m proud of our little family for getting outdoors as much as possible and finding magical new places to socially distance. As a matter of fact, we are currently on a two-night getaway, which was my Christmas giftContinue reading “Mason Neck State Park”

First Day Hikes and Photo Contests

It always takes me by surprise when December 26th rolls around. All that anticipation, gift-buying, cooking, planning (well, maybe not so much planning this year), and then suddenly Christmas is over. If you’re anything like me, it helps to have something on the horizon in order to avoid falling into a post-Christmas slump. Since everyoneContinue reading “First Day Hikes and Photo Contests”

Leesylvania State Park

Schools are officially out for Winter Break! My daughter is thrilled to have the next two weeks off, and my head is already swimming in a bubbly mixture of Christmas movies and outdoor adventures. Since the weather had warmed up enough for us to explore a bit, we decided to kick off the holidays withContinue reading “Leesylvania State Park”