Fall Snow Day

November 18, 2018
Snow Saucers on a Snowy November Day

This past Thursday, we picked up 3.5″ of snow and the girls enjoyed the snow day.

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Spruce Knob

November 14, 2018
Enjoying the Views on Spruce Knob

After packing up camp at Seneca Shadows Campground, we headed south to Spruce Knob in Monongahela National Forest. Spruce Knob is the highest point in West Virginia at 4863 feet above sea level. You can drive virtually all the way to the top and then hike the scenic half mile Whispering Spruce Trail loop which…

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Seneca Shadows Campground

October 21, 2018
Seneca Rocks

This fall some friends of ours invited us to go camping at Seneca Shadows in Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. This is definitely one of the most scenic campgrounds I’ve been to. I would definitely recommend the walk-in sites. The sites are not extremely private, but the views make the experience well worth it.…

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Two-Headed Copperhead Snake

October 18, 2018

When I first saw this story, I wondered if it could be “fake news.” However, it has been confirmed. A rare two-headed copperhead snake was found in Woodbridge, Virginia.

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Barred Owl Release

September 23, 2018
Owl Release at Arterra Wines in Delaplane, Virginia on 9/21/2018.

Last Friday, we got to see a barred owl released at Arterra Wines and Hawkmoth Arts. When the owl was very young, it apparently fell out if its nest and was found injured on the ground. The owl was rehabilitated and released by Dr. Belinda Burwell of Wildlife Veterinary Care which cares for sick and…

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Young Black Bear in Backyard

June 27, 2018
Young Black Bear in the Backyard

This evening, we spotted this young black bear in the backyard. It appeared to have mange. Pictures below:

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Momma and Cub

June 9, 2018
Close-up of the Black Bear Cub

One reason to keep your speed in check on Skyline Drive is you otherwise might miss seeing wildlife from the road. Yesterday we spotted this Momma Bear and her cub:

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Hogback Mountain Hike

June 9, 2018
Girls on the Appalachian Trail

June is a good month to see mountain laurel in Shenandoah National Park so we went out to Hogback Mountain yesterday. After parking near the 21 mile post on Skyline Drive, we hiked on the Appalachian Trail north to a view point. Here are four pictures: columbine, our girls on the trail, the viewpoint, and…

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First Snake of the Year

May 3, 2018
Snake in the Road

This black rat snake was the first snake I saw this year. It was lying in the road yesterday.

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Mountain Lions in Virginia Reports (June 2017-April 2018)

May 2, 2018
Scene in Markham, Virginia

Here are the mountain lion sighting reports I have received during the last 10 months: Reports E. Huff writes on 7/5/2017: Today is July 5th 2017.One week ago a customer in McLean VA reported a cat larger than a German Shepherd.Mr Jacobs stated that it was in his back yard at night and a bad…

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Fox in the Yard

April 12, 2018
Fox in the Backyard

I’ve seen this fox a few times lately in our yard. A couple times I even saw it chasing a squirrel, but both times the squirrel got away. I think it’s a red fox despite the darker coloration on its back.

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2017-18 Winter Report

April 10, 2018
Snowy Road on March 22, 2018

Despite some significant cold spells, the winter of 2017-18 was our second one in a row featuring low snow totals. Interestingly, the biggest snowfalls this past season along the Blue Ridge of Northern Virginia occurred in March and December, not January or February. After waking up to a coating of snow on the deck yesterday,…

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Blackwater Falls State Park Sled Run

April 8, 2018
Blackwater Falls State Park Sled Run

This was a somewhat disappointing winter for snow lovers in the northern third of Virginia so we took the girls to Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia last month. The funny thing is when Gretchen and Cara were getting on the conveyor belt ahead of us, the attendant told them to be sure to…

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