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”

Wolf Trap (And Our First TRACK Trails Hike!)

I had big plans for this weekend. For the first time, National Kids to Parks Day was on my radar before it happened, and I was going to take my girls on a day trip to a state park that we had not yet visited. I had selected a park that was celebrating this funContinue reading “Wolf Trap (And Our First TRACK Trails Hike!)”

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”

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”

Love is a Battlefield

It’s hard to believe that we are already three weekdays into Winter Break. On Monday and Tuesday, we did the typical lazy vacation routine: make a gingerbread house (except this year we used Pop-Tarts thanks to this video tutorial!), eat a multitude of cookies, watch Christmas movies, drive around looking at lights, etc. By Wednesday,Continue reading “Love is a Battlefield”

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”

Sky Meadows State Park

Hooray for early Christmas presents! My sister and I have been exchanging experience gifts with each other’s families for the past several years. I usually get her a family membership to her local zoo, and she often gets us theater tickets. Since the theater obviously isn’t an option this year, she bought us an annualContinue reading “Sky Meadows State Park”

Every Kid Outdoors, Virginia Edition

We’ve always been big fans of National Parks. After all, these are places that our country has determined to be so beautiful, environmentally impactful and/or historically important that they have been frozen in time for all to enjoy. The National Park Service (NPS) maintains properties nationwide that include parks, trails, monuments, memorials, highways, battlefields, andContinue reading “Every Kid Outdoors, Virginia Edition”