Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2016
Happy Independence Day!

The weather today in Virginia isn’t the best so I’m glad we decided to go to the fireworks on July 2nd at the Northern Virginia 4-H in Harmony Hollow near the Appalachian Trail south of Front Royal. It took awhile to get out afterwards, but it was a great show. As my friend Luke says,…

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N&W #611 Returns!

June 17, 2016

The 1950 Norfolk and Western Class J steam locomotive #611 made a return appearance this year again crossing the Appalachian Trail National Scenic Corridor at Manassas Gap near Linden, Virginia. Here are a couple of videos from Sunday June 5, 2016. An early morning rain caused the 611 to slip her drivers on the wet…

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Warren County’s Carson Trail

April 29, 2016
Bench Along the Carson Trail Overlooking the Shenandoah River

There’s a fairly new trail in Warren County, Virginia named after William E. Carson. explains: The park was the inspiration of Mr. Carson, who was the first director of the Virginia Conservation and Development Commission, one of the key figures behind the Shenandoah National Park, and was instrumental in founding the state parks throughout…

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Spring Tricycle Ride

April 15, 2016
Tricycle Ride

During my oldest daughter’s soccer practice, my youngest daughter took a tricycle ride (I walked) along the Eastham Park Trail in Front Royal along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. There were lots of wildflowers blooming including Virginia Bluebells. We also were lucky to see this Red-bellied Cooter soaking up some sun.

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Snowshoeing at the Virginia State Arboretum

January 30, 2016
View from the Virginia State Arboretum

After the big ’09 snow storm, I ordered a pair of snowshoes. It’s not too often that I get to use them, but we went out for a little hiking at the Virginia State Arboretum today. Buy snowshoes

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Shenandoah River Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr. State Park

October 25, 2015
View from Cullers Overlook

Camping at Shenandoah River State Park Last Friday, we went camping at the Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville, Virginia. Here’s a picture Kristy took of the girls. The River Right Campground in the park is the tent camping area in the park. The campground is spread-out more than those at most other parks so…

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