Latest Story

Happy Creek Trail Extended

July 18, 2014
Happy Creek Trail Extended

Front Royal extended another one of its trails recently. The Happy Creek Trail has been extended south of Rte 55 to Criser Road. The trail now connects Main Street with Criser Road (approximately 0.9 miles one way). North of Rte 55, there is also a new section along the bypass (Commerce Street/Rte 522) so that…

Read more »

Happy Fifth of July!

July 8, 2014
First Landing Fireworks

Our family went to Virginia Beach for the holiday weekend. We left Thursday ahead of the storms and made it to Virginia Beach before Hurricane Arthur. Mainly impacting the North…

Read more »

May and June 2014 Virginia Mountain Lions Update

July 2, 2014

The following reports of Virginia mountain lions were received during the last two months: Heather H. wrote on 5/16/2014: I just saw a cougar/mountain lion cross the street in front…

Read more »

Camping at Mathews Arm

June 29, 2014
View from Skyline Drive

Camping at Mathews Arm Our four-year-old had been wanting to go camping, so we took the family to Mathews Arm Campground in Shenandoah National Park. They have 180 sites and…

Read more »

Eastham Park Trail Extended

June 24, 2014
Eastham Park Trail Extended

[Updated 2014] The new Eastham Park trail has been extended in Front Royal, Virginia. The trail starts in Eastham Park on Luray Avenue and heads almost exactly one mile to…

Read more »

Fox Kits on Brian Balik’s Site

June 9, 2014

Brian Balik’s A Case of Wildlife Fever site has some great pictures and video of young red foxes. Brian is an avid camera trapper in Northern Virginia. Speaking of trailcams,…

Read more »

Spring Wildflowers

May 30, 2014
Jack in the Pulpit (photo by Kristy)

Earlier, I posted pictures of coltsfoot, bloodroot, and Virginia bluebells. Here are some more pictures (mostly taken by Kristy) capturing the second half of the spring wildflower season. Rue Anemone…

Read more »

Black Bear in the Backyard

May 29, 2014
Black Bear

Kristy took these pictures of a black bear in our backyard earlier this week. I believe it’s a momma bear, as we saw a cub in the woods as it…

Read more »

Red-headed Woodpecker

May 21, 2014
Red-headed Woodpecker

Here are a couple of pictures I took through a window after spotting this red headed woodpecker from the house. I believe this was my first time seeing one. I…

Read more »

More Flooding

May 17, 2014
More Flooding

Heavy downpours Thursday night caused flooding over portions of Virginia. While out today, I took this picture in Rappahannock County. The Capital Weather Gang has an article with a list…

Read more »

2013-14 Snow Report

May 8, 2014
Cumulative Seasonal Snowfall 2009-10 thru 2013-14

Today’s high temperature was up into the 80s so I think I’m safe to go ahead and publish my seasonal snow report from last winter. We had an impressive 24…

Read more »

March and April 2014 Virginia Mountain Lions Update

May 6, 2014

New Reports I’ve received: From Ryan 3/2/2014: Cougar screams heard coming from lake accotink park in springfield v.a From John Lutz 3/25/2014: Received a report on 3/24/14 along Bull Pasture…

Read more »

When it Rains, It Pours

May 1, 2014
Flooding as Seen from Rte 619

Early this week, a lot of rain fell on portions of Virginia. Here in the northwest part of the state, we escaped flooding rains, but eastern portions of the state…

Read more »

Virginia Box Turtle Reporting