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”

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”

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”

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”