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”

Virginia is for Adventurers

I love a good scavenger hunt. What better way to get to know a place than to scour it from top to bottom, searching for fun trivia and hidden secrets? That’s why I was quick to open and read this post from the Virginia tourism agency when it popped up in my Twitter feed. TheContinue reading “Virginia is for Adventurers”

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”

Everything’s Coming Up Tulips

Spring has officially sprung. Granted, it might be hard to tell based on the temperature fluctuation, but a quick glance around at my neighborhood trees and flower beds confirms the arrival of one of Virginia’s prettiest times of year. I made it pretty clear in my last blog post that hunting for seasonal flowers isContinue reading “Everything’s Coming Up Tulips”

The Play(ground)’s The Thing

The weather is finally starting to get warmer! While I don’t necessarily mind being out and about in more frigid temperatures, Daughter #2 has made it very clear that she is not a fan of winter. For that reason, watching the thermometer climb has gotten me super excited about returning to some of our favoriteContinue reading “The Play(ground)’s The Thing”

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”

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”

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”