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”

(Blue)Bell of the Ball

I love cherry trees just as much as the next Northern Virginian. Their pink and white blossoms are certainly synonymous with spring in this part of the state. Yet cherry blossoms are just one of many floral hints that winter has finally come to an end. If you happen to glance down instead of up,Continue reading “(Blue)Bell of the Ball”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Natural Bridge State Park and Lexington

As I mentioned in my last post, earlier this month my family decided to take a weekend trip to the Shenandoah Valley. After a fun day at the Frontier Culture Museum, we headed to the town of Lexington for the night. Why Lexington? I picked it for a couple of reasons: 1. At a littleContinue reading “Natural Bridge State Park and Lexington”